Monday, 23 February 2015

Ram gives it large

I have just been round to the office of a colleague who is a Derby County season ticket holder and asked for his views about tomorrow night's match: 'Easy three points' was his reply, and I think that he genuinely believes it. The Rams in his view have no problems scoring goals and he sees Darren Bent as a great acquisition (something I would very much agree with!). However, he also admits that they concede goals rather easily, as happened against the Massives on Saturday.

Given that, I hope that Guy Luzon sticks to his disciplined 4-4-2 attacking system. Some Addicks say we should be focusing on our goal difference, which has improved. However, I doubt whether we would be relegated on goal difference. If we go on the attack and lose 4-2, I wouldn't blame Luzon (or Roland), although no doubt many will.

I had this chalked up as a defeat at the beginning of the season, so I think we should just give it a go, relying on the skills of Henderson in goal and the ability of the defence to circle the wagons. Morgan Fox is a possible weak link, although the Football League Paper was quite positive about him on Sunday. We also have issues in midfield, given the absence of Buyens and Jackson.

A word about Fredéric Bulot, dismissed as a waste of space by Steve Dixon in Voice of the Valley. The Football League Paper gave him a 9 on Sunday and that is not an accolade they give very often.

I am also heartened by the signings of Roger Johnson and Chris Eagles which to me is a possible sign that Roland may be reducing his reliance on Belgians (Tony Watt, of course, came from the network, but is Scottish and already a fans' favourite). Johnson may have had a few personal issues in the past, but he puts a shift in. Chris Eagles wanted to join us in the summer, but was stopped by the Trotters. He has roots in the area and is father is said to be a Charlton supporter. He also showed on Friday that he can deliver. Come On You Reds! Let's have a Ram raid.

As far as the bookers are concerned, it's a 'no brainer': Derby 1/2, Draw 10/3, Charlton 5/1. I don't bet, but the odds on a draw or a win look quite favourable.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

And we have now added Alou Diarra to the squad...

Brian G said...

We've signed Diarra,so we have further cover for JJ and Buyens.

Anonymous said...

It should be 3 points for the Rams but I don't believe there's ever an easy 3 points.

If the Addicks play with the correct mindset they can find a way through the Rams defence.

However, we're playing with an attack at pace so we're a pretty irresistible force at the moment.

I'm expecting a home win.

Super Ram

Anonymous said...

I like all of the above, particularly the last para, I'm (heartened) by the experience and track record too. Undoubtably a change of tack for and by Guy?

Clean sheet against Brentford then they go and put three past Bournemouth. We're back in the Championship again and miracles can happen. Calm down, calm down, perhaps not on Tues. night though aye.

Anonymous said...

Super Ram
There would have been an easy three points if you'd played us just over a month ago. Now we will score for sure (heartening). Q. How many and whether that's enough. A draw would be fine thing.

jonathan acworth said...

im going for a shock 4-1 win for -------charlton yes we are on a role and i think the team are working for each other as a unit except for one player that is in buyens ,i would drop him in favour of either diarra or eagles just on poor recent displays.

On other news i happened to pass bullot running this morning the charlton coaches have obviously got them working hard which is nice to see

Anonymous said...

Oh Oh JA JA and I said, I would never diss you again after 2cv. 1. YB is not playing anyway due to cards. 2 Derby would have implode for us to get that result. 3 The only thing that isn't a shock is the strangeness of your predictions, bet you're the fav down the bookies.
Hope I'm eating my words soon JA but JA cloud nine mean anything to you at all.

Anonymous said...

Me again, second thoughts put a £ on that JA we could all be millionaires soon Rodney.

Anonymous said...

Hey JA you must be really F******g quick if you happened to pass Bulot out running this morning, not bad for a 49 yr old. Get your boots on old son, boom boom!

Anonymous said...

"I happened to pass Bulot out running this morning",
Hey that's really cool man, have you turned into Steve McQueen?

Anonymous said...

Reckon Derek from Dymchurch will be back on here v soon if he saw the prog on the uKippers last night. What a self confessed shower, embarrassing.

Jonathan acworth yasmin said...

He was to quick for me before i knew it he was across road lol

Jonathan acworth yasmin said...

He had on black training gear shows u that players keep themselves fit anyone seen any footballers out trav i used pass mark fish regually when i lived in sidcup i rem one evening he ran past me in yellow kit and i said fishhhh and he waved also used go drinking with ian wright at yates lewisham bradley said his dad says hello lol

Anonymous said...

Yasmin, your such a name dropper! You royals are all the same.