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    Grimsby 0-1 Derby (EFL Cup) reports and comments

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    Grimsby 0-1 Derby (EFL Cup) reports and comments

    Post by RRC on Tue 22 Aug 2017, 9:39 pm

    Derby made wholesale changes for the second attempt against Grimsby – Vydra was
    the only starter from Saturday’s win over Bolton.

    Mitchell – Baird Pearce Shackell Forsyth – Butterfield Bryson – Bennett Vydra Lawrence – Martin

    The opening stages were even with neither side gaining control. Derby defended Grimsby’s
    attacks well enough but the midfield and wide players were ineffective, giving the ball away
    too easily and too often. The scrappy play suited Grimsby, who worked very hard, much better
    than Derby, who were too slow in attack. Butterfield and Bryson created little and didn’t do
    enough to stop Grimsby’s attacks.

    Bennett showed plenty of energy and started some promising moves but they came to nothing,
    because the Rams' control and passing were poor in the final third. Lawrence’s play was often
    too elaborate when direct play might have been more rewarding. The Rams’ back four were too
    slow push up, which allowed Grimsby plenty of room to start quick raids, and Forsyth struggled
    to deal with runs by Dembele, which sparked lots of Grimsby attacks. Derby were disjointed,
    didn't move well and showed little quality against a poor League Two side. Forsyth, Bryson and
    Martin missed with Derby’s only shots in the first half.
    HT Grimsby 0-0 Derby



    Derby started the second half with more urgency but continued to fail in the final third. Despite
    moving quicker, Derby were still second best and Grimsby were more threatening for a while.
    Vydra won a penalty cleverly when Forsyth found him with a good pass and he scored on 53
    minutes. Moments later Martin narrowly missed with a free kick. An excellent move by Bryson
    and Vydra gave Lawrence the chance to open his account but he missed the sitter.

    Dembele didn’t give up, making more good runs to test Derby, and Mitchell had to make another
    fine save. Keeping up their record of a sending off per game, Grimsby lost ex-Ram, Ben Davies,
    for a second yellow on 63 minutes. Anya replaced Vydra on 67 minutes; he played on the left,
    and Lawrence moved to the centre behind Martin. The Rams started to move and pass the ball
    quicker but they often lost the ball by over-complicating the play. Kellan Gordon, making his
    senior debut, came on for Bennett on 75 minutes, and Timi Max Elsnik replaced Lawrence with
    9 minutes to go. Grimsby had a final fling, attacking energetically, and Derby showed why they
    often concede late goals by being too slow to clear their lines. Butterfield and Bryson made a
    chance for Martin but he missed the target again.
    FT Grimsby 0–1 Derby

    This wasn’t a convincing performance by Derby against a League Two side, who were reduced
    to ten men after an hour. Scoring goals from open play remains a problem.



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    Re: Grimsby 0-1 Derby (EFL Cup) reports and comments

    Post by rjrules71 on Wed 23 Aug 2017, 5:53 am

    as predicted an unconvincing win, but some good game time for the injured returning.
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    Re: Grimsby 0-1 Derby (EFL Cup) reports and comments

    Post by MadAmster on Wed 23 Aug 2017, 8:09 am

    On this performance, the second string, as a unit, aren't good enough. There are some who could command a place in the 1st XI and do themselves justice. The rest are, as individuals, decent cover.

    Mitchell is good enough and is, thankfully for now, happy to learn from Carson.
    Bennett is at least as good as JR
    Lawrence will be a 1st choice
    Vydra idem ditto
    Martin as well if we play 1-4-3-3 and have the midfield play the ball into feet and support him..... aint gonna happen
    The rest are good cover and will fit into the 1st team alongside good players, their shortcomings are all too obvious in a weaker side such as this one.

    I feel for Bryson and Butterfield. They don't really fit into this 1-4-2-3-1 as GR appears to be playing it. IF..... GT gets fit then I expect BJ to be on the bench as well.

    One last thing....... Dembele. He did what we want a right winger to do. On that performance he is a better bet than JR or Mason. Time will tell whether we go back for him.

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