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Derby boss expecting tight test with Albion

The Argus: Steve McClaren thinks the play-offs will be tight against Albion Steve McClaren thinks the play-offs will be tight against Albion

Derby head coach Steve McClaren has predicted another close battle with Albion in the play-offs.

The Rams won won 2-1 at the Amex in August in Oscar Garcia's first home league game in charge of the Seagulls, thanks to Chris Martin’s two goals.

Nigel Clough was Derby's manager at that stage and a late strike from Patrick Bamford secured a 1-0 win for Derby in the return at the iPro Stadium in January to complete the double over Albion.

McClaren knows those results will count for nothing in the next two clashes with the Seagulls, at the Amex on Thursday (7.45pm) and in the East Midlands on Sunday (5.15pm).

He told the Derby Telegraph: "They will be tough, difficult games. Brighton are strong at home and good away.

"What a performance and result it was for them at Nottingham Forest on Saturday to get in the play-offs.

"They must be on an emotional high right now. They will be buzzing and so we have to make sure we take that into account.

"We are on a good run but it is about what happens on the day."

Derby head into the play-offs on a six-match unbeaten sequence, two fewer than Albion.

County are asking their supporters for suggestions for music for the second leg. Albion fans will be situated in the South-East corner of the iPro Stadium.

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3:56pm Mon 5 May 14

tug509 says...

The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA tug509
  • Score: 15

4:35pm Mon 5 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs.
Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs. Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 9

5:34pm Mon 5 May 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs.
Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players.
Hi Vegas ,now you can see the logic behind me always picking Derby on my accumulators this season :0)
It goes without saying that we need as many fit bodies back as possible for both these games ,then nearly a fortnights rest before the final ,i agree our bench should be the edge we need ,and Craigs massive contribution at Forest must give him some real confidence for Thursday . I`m not sure our supporters expectations will be any less than Derby`s,now that were there ,but i do think they will put more pressure on their lads when things start to go wrong . UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs. Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas ,now you can see the logic behind me always picking Derby on my accumulators this season :0) It goes without saying that we need as many fit bodies back as possible for both these games ,then nearly a fortnights rest before the final ,i agree our bench should be the edge we need ,and Craigs massive contribution at Forest must give him some real confidence for Thursday . I`m not sure our supporters expectations will be any less than Derby`s,now that were there ,but i do think they will put more pressure on their lads when things start to go wrong . UTA tug509
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Mon 5 May 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs.
Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players.
Hi Vegas ,now you can see the logic behind me always picking Derby on my accumulators this season :0)
It goes without saying that we need as many fit bodies back as possible for both these games ,then nearly a fortnights rest before the final ,i agree our bench should be the edge we need ,and Craigs massive contribution at Forest must give him some real confidence for Thursday . I`m not sure our supporters expectations will be any less than Derby`s,now that were there ,but i do think they will put more pressure on their lads when things start to go wrong . UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]Tug we have achieved our stated goal, that being, reach the play-offs, the pressure is now off. As you correctly point out, our selection options now are very different to the previous meetings with Derby. We now face two matches with little time between them, but our bench, I would argue, will be stronger than that of Derby, and the two benches could decide the final outcome over two legs. Brighton have squeaked into the play-offs on the last day of the season, our fans are happy, and I don't think they will have the same expectations to those of the Derby fans, their team have looked good for a play-off place for several weeks now, and those expectations will only go to add pressure on the Derby players.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas ,now you can see the logic behind me always picking Derby on my accumulators this season :0) It goes without saying that we need as many fit bodies back as possible for both these games ,then nearly a fortnights rest before the final ,i agree our bench should be the edge we need ,and Craigs massive contribution at Forest must give him some real confidence for Thursday . I`m not sure our supporters expectations will be any less than Derby`s,now that were there ,but i do think they will put more pressure on their lads when things start to go wrong . UTA tug509
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Tue 6 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT.
I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT. I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in. c.s.holmes
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Wed 7 May 14

tug509 says...

c.s.holmes wrote:
tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT.
I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.
It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?.
In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!.
Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season .
Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA
[quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT. I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.[/p][/quote]It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?. In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!. Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season . Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA tug509
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Wed 7 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

tug509 wrote:
c.s.holmes wrote:
tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT.
I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.
It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?.
In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!.
Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season .
Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA
On points, goal difference and passion it's Derby's to lose. I know it counts for nothing in the playoffs though. I do recall the comments after the 2-1 win August 10th how Brighton should be winning against a mid league team like Derby. I thought Brighton ' s team wasn't a weak one but adjusting maybe to events over summer ? I have watched Brighton on many occasions (gutted you didn't smash f*rest at the amex) and I am still baffled as to what happened in the home leg against palace ? They did not play like they wanted to win nor how I have been seeing them play. This fixture is great for me in one way but hard in another. I'd be happy in a way to see both teams remain in the championship and play exciting football and winning, there are great teams in this league and of course f*rest !!! Good luck to you too COYR's
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT. I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.[/p][/quote]It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?. In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!. Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season . Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA[/p][/quote]On points, goal difference and passion it's Derby's to lose. I know it counts for nothing in the playoffs though. I do recall the comments after the 2-1 win August 10th how Brighton should be winning against a mid league team like Derby. I thought Brighton ' s team wasn't a weak one but adjusting maybe to events over summer ? I have watched Brighton on many occasions (gutted you didn't smash f*rest at the amex) and I am still baffled as to what happened in the home leg against palace ? They did not play like they wanted to win nor how I have been seeing them play. This fixture is great for me in one way but hard in another. I'd be happy in a way to see both teams remain in the championship and play exciting football and winning, there are great teams in this league and of course f*rest !!! Good luck to you too COYR's c.s.holmes
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Wed 7 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

tug509 wrote:
c.s.holmes wrote:
tug509 wrote:
The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal .
Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 .
No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA
"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT.
I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.
It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?.
In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!.
Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season .
Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA
On points, goal difference and passion it's Derby's to lose. I know it counts for nothing in the playoffs though. I do recall the comments after the 2-1 win August 10th how Brighton should be winning against a mid league team like Derby. I thought Brighton ' s team wasn't a weak one but adjusting maybe to events over summer ? I have watched Brighton on many occasions (gutted you didn't smash f*rest at the amex) and I am still baffled as to what happened in the home leg against palace ? They did not play like they wanted to win nor how I have been seeing them play. This fixture is great for me in one way but hard in another. I'd be happy in a way to see both teams remain in the championship and play exciting football and winning, there are great teams in this league and of course f*rest !!! Good luck to you too COYR's
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season ,the first being against a squad with 9 top players out injured ,the second at the iPRO again against a heavily depleted side ,winning by a single deflected Bamford goal . Looking at both teams results against the other 5 top sides over the season puts things in perspective ,against Leicester ,Burnley ,QPR ,Wigan and Reading ,both home and away ,Derby won 2 ,drew 1 and lost 7 of their 10 games ,we won 5 ,drew 4 and lost 1 of our 10 . No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season imho . UTA[/p][/quote]"The Derby fans seem to put a lot of stock over their 2 wins against us this season"...... " No doubt Derby are a top side ,but they havn`t played Brighton yet this season". That makes sense, NOT. I wouldn't count your score against Leicester considering they had been out partying the night before celebrating promotion, the players themselves admitted they were still out of it. It is Derby's to lose and the biggest game of the season for them proved they can hold there nerve when it counts and smash the goals in.[/p][/quote]It makes perfect sense if you read it properly ,we had so many players out injured ,the team you played in the first game was closer to a reserve side than a first choice side ,so i think it`s a fair comment to say you havn`t played Brighton yet . I notice you forgot to mention that we also beat Leicester 3-1 at home as well ,and for the next 22 games they remained unbeaten ,until we beat them 4-1 at theirs ,or were they only hungover when they played us ?. In fact you avoided the most important part altogether ,you took 7 points out of 30 against the other top 5 clubs and we took 19 !!. Derby are a bloody good team with consistency at the top of the list of qualities ,something we havn`t been able to replicate ,in no small amount due to horrendous injuries early in the season . Which ever one of our teams wins over the next 2 games ,they will have deserved it ,and if it`s you then all the best for the final .UTA[/p][/quote]On points, goal difference and passion it's Derby's to lose. I know it counts for nothing in the playoffs though. I do recall the comments after the 2-1 win August 10th how Brighton should be winning against a mid league team like Derby. I thought Brighton ' s team wasn't a weak one but adjusting maybe to events over summer ? I have watched Brighton on many occasions (gutted you didn't smash f*rest at the amex) and I am still baffled as to what happened in the home leg against palace ? They did not play like they wanted to win nor how I have been seeing them play. This fixture is great for me in one way but hard in another. I'd be happy in a way to see both teams remain in the championship and play exciting football and winning, there are great teams in this league and of course f*rest !!! Good luck to you too COYR's c.s.holmes
  • Score: 2

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