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    Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by RRC on Fri 11 May 2018, 9:42 pm

    Derby made one change to their starting eleven against Barnsley with Vydra instead of the injured
    Olsson. They kept faith with their 3-4-2-1 formation and Anya was added to the subs.
          Carson
          Keogh Davies (c) Forsyth
          Wisdom Huddlestone Johnson Weimann
          Lawrence Vydra
          Jerome
          subs – Roos Pearce Hanson Ledley Anya Palmer Nugent
    Fulham named the team that finished the match in their 1-3 loss at Birmingham.

    Fulham attacked from the start and Derby had to press hard to avoid being overrun. Mitrovic was
    easily able to shield the ball from Keogh and Sessegnon had the first shot, which was well off target.
    Derby’s first attack looked promising with a fine long pass by Vydra drawing the keeper out of
    position but Jerome was wrongly given offside. Their second attack was almost a replica of the first
    and won them a corner. Although Fulham had the lion’s share of possession, it was mainly in midfield
    and the Rams’ attacks were more threatening. Davies covered well to rob Fredericks, Fulham’s right
    wing, with several timely tackles. After 25 minutes, Fulham were able to carve out a few chances.
    Carson saved one and Ayite missed with a header.



    Derby continued to make quick counter-attacks through Wisdom and Lawrence but Lawrence’s final
    balls weren’t quite accurate enough. Davies was strong enough to prevent Mitrovic from acting as
    Fulham’s provider. A superb Derby move started by a long Huddlestone pass saw Weimann, Vydra
    and Forsyth combine to find Jerome in the area. Jerome rose high above his marker and scored with
    a powerful header on 34 minutes. Carson had to make a good save from Fulham’s best chance of
    the half, a drive by Mitrovic. The Derby players looked fitter, sharper and more disciplined and
    confident, with lots of pinpoint passes, in this half than at any time during the regular season.
    HT Derby 1–0 Fulham

    The Fulham defence looked nervous and some careless passing nearly gave chances to Derby in the
    opening minutes of the second half. After that Fulham resumed their attacking. Sessegnon made a
    good shooting chance for himself but his strike was as far off target as his first half effort. McDonald,
    assisted by Mitrovic, rattled the bar, and Ayite had a narrow miss over the bar. Derby played on the
    counter-attack with rapid forward runs by Lawrence and Jerome but the final balls weren’t quite
    accurate enough. The Rams just about coped with wave after wave of Fulham attacks and Carson
    made a fine save from a powerful Cairney shot. Derby made a double change with Nugent and Anya
    replacing Jerome and Vydra on 68 minutes.



    Lawrence made a fine cross for Nugent but he couldn’t reach what would have been a sitter and he
    was outjumped at the next Lawrence cross. The Rams were clearly tiring but they still fought hard
    and they were helped by some loose passing from Fulham. A rare Derby break out led to a brief spell
    of attacking by the home side. A Cairney shot came close with Carson at full stretch but Mitrovic was
    well wide with a header. Derby’s final substitution was Hanson for Weimann on 89 minutes. If Derby’s
    attackers won the first half for them, it was the defence that saved their narrow lead in the second.
    Davies played a crucial role in frustrating many Fulham attacks throughout the match and Gary
    Rowett's tactics were spot on.
    FT Derby 1–0 Fulham

    Fingers and everything else crossed for Monday! Fingers crossed


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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by Mitten State Ram on Sat 12 May 2018, 2:24 am

    All went to GR's gameplan through 90. Losing by two goals at Craven Cottage is very possible, but the pressure must be on them. I'd have been thrilled to know we'd be in this position four weeks ago.
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by MadAmster on Sat 12 May 2018, 7:27 am

    In the opening few sentences of my UEFA 'B' coaching course, the chief instructor said "after this course you will never enjoy a game again from a spectator's viewpoint". He was right to an extent. I find myself looking through 3 different pairs of glasses. The fan, the ref and the coach. When in attendance at a Rams game, the fan takes over but the other two are still there, lurking in the background and popping in every now and again. When at a live game when Derby aren't playing, the coach comes to the foreground with the ref in close attendance, the fan spends most of the game in the catacombs having a pie and a pint. TV games? Derby or not, it is indeed the coach and ref in the foreground. The fan is still very much there bubbling in the background only to erupt at poor challenges made on our players, oohs and aaahs at near misses at both ends and, of course, the outburst of joy when we score. That's the background dealt with.

    All 3 of me had expected the team to emulate Brum's tactics of last weekend. Get into 'em from the off and not let them play their passing game. Something Fulham are very good and effective at. We also know from personal experience that "get into 'em" puts footballing sides off their game. I was surprised that we gave them space and time and didn't play the pressing game. It's a dangerous ploy when playing a side as good as Fulham. Despite their huge amount of possession, I think Carson was called into serious action twice and they hit the bar on a 3rd occasion. We managed only one on target but it did go in. Beautiful cross from Fozzy and........what a an absolute cracker of a header from Jerome. Power and precision aplomb in that split second proved to be the difference on the day, as far as the scoreline was concerned.

    I sincerely hope we don't back off ond off and off all the way to inside our area on Monday. Their shooting can't be as poor as it was yesterday again IMO. At least in our defensive third and, preferably, in our half with the occasional "full court press" on them will reduce their chances and increase ours.

    16 shots in total and only 3 of those were ours. They "won" 2-1 on shots on target. They will be bitterly disappointed with what they did with their 74% possession. For much of the game we still looked the most likely to score as they streggled to get into good positions to even shoot. I say again, we need to close them down earlier on Monday as they won't be that poor in that area of the game again.

    Pleased with the overall performance and we can go in to the 2nd leg with some confidence and a good idea of the things we need to do better/different come Monday to increase our chances of progression. That is a nice place to be.

    In the last 20 minutes I was imploring Big Tom to shoot from 70 yards out. The longer the game wore on, the further and further their keeper moved up towards the halfway line. The perfect opportunity for Hudds to plant one of those exquisite 70 yard passes in the back of the net. Maybe he'll have a go at Craven Cottage.

    The offside talking point in the first half. Was CJ on of off? I agree with the referee. CJ was lurking in an offside position. We got the ball and he saw the opportunity of the ball coming so he sprinted all of 5 yards to get back a yard onside and then took the pass. When in an offside position, their defenders would have been ignoring him to an extent. His brief sojourn back onside was something to cause the assistant to flag and the ref to do that one armed waving bit above his head. Getting an advantage from having been in an offside position. The ref in me says well done to the officials.

    Monday will probably see me in the St James's gate on Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam with a dozen or so of the Amsterdam Rams. If not, I will be watching at home. In either case I will be praying that I have to spend a lot of money going to Wembley in 2 weeks time.
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by DavesaRam on Sat 12 May 2018, 1:13 pm

    A great result against one of the best teams in the division, and who only missed out on automatic promotion by a slender margin, albeit courtesy of a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham. And the result was gained mainly by a first-class first-half performance.

    Looking at the team sheet it looked like we may well set up with 4 at the back, which meant we would be reverting back to the caution-first approach. I groaned at the thought because our 4-2-1-3 formation had been rumbled and led to the awful run we crashed into 2018/ with.

    The opening 10 minutes were, quite frankly, frightening because we virtually never got out of our half - we we indeed playing the game so cautiously that we were playing for a nil-nil and penalties in the second match? Then something changed and we got into the game. Wasit a switch to 3 at the back, which is how we played most of the game? Rowett's comments about Weimann would suggest no, we actually started that way. Or did we suddenly realise thst Fulham had provided the match referee/ How generous of them, a gesture repaid by him being very genrous to Fulham with a high proportion of decisions going their way? Mitrovic should have been yellow-carded at least once for his theatrical diving, but the ref bought every one, and he was buyung them with bus-tickets. In the meantime Lawrence kept being clattered with no protection at all. On one occasion it looked like the ref had played advantage as Lawrence lay on the ground, only for him to blow up for a non-existent foul by Derby. He then had to be persuaded to allow the physio on to treat Lawrence. At least it wasn't Vydra being thugged, so it makes a change.

    It became clear that we were doing an "Aston Villa" on Fulham - i.e. letting them have loads of the ball but not letting them do anything with it. At the same time we were playing some great football, especially first-time passing which switched play and opened the game up. So while Fulham looked menacing, we looked threatening. They looked like they might growl and snarl, we looked like we might bite. And bite we did - a marvelous pass by Huddlestone out to Forsyth (I though "what a great pass to the wrong person", expecting an accurate cross to the far corner flag). Instead it was probably the best cross Forsyth has made all season, and a brilliant header by Mr Jerome. Great goal, sir! Come half-time I was well happy, and felt we thoroughly deserved the lead. And we would see one or two m ore goals at our end in the second half - brilliant!

    Instead we spent the second half watching virtually all the play at the far end of the pitch as we went into hiding - yes, we really were defending and holding on to a 1-0 lead, despite our history in such ventures. We did threaten on the counter-attack, or would have done if we didn't just have the man on the ball in their half, with everyone else back in our own half, and no-one to cross to on several occasions. There were a few times when we got men forwards, the best being a cross from Weimman which just missed Anya's "all-or-nothing" diving header attempt by an inch or two! However, although we got the win, and many think Rowett got his tactics spot on, it was very unsatisfying. Not as boring as Huddersfield who won last season's play-offs without scoring a single goal in open play. However, I think that to sit back so much was a big mistake. If Fulham had scored with those 3 close shaves in the second half, I on't think we would have had an answer. Yes, we stopped them scoring, and hardly anyone has done that all season, but I hope we show a bit more of our first-half approach in the second leg. Defending a 1- 0 lead all game will lead to disaster. But who knows - we could come out all guns blazing, knowing that the pressure will be on Fulham.

    Credit to all the players who put a shift in last night. Weimman in particular deserves praise for how he played a completely new role, because he stifled Sessegon. However, he was at the limits of his ability going forwards, mis-kicking the ball on a number of occasions when he was in a good crossing position. The lad gives his all, but we will need better if we are to progress. Huddlestone was in a different league, with some excellent passes, Davies had Mitrovic in his pocket, apart from when he dived out of it only to be firmly put back in his place. Keogh is a new player with the freedom he has in the new role in the back 3, and Bradley Johnson looks like he has had a Huddlestone masterclass, spraying a round a load of superb passes all over the pitch - he is showing some the best football he has played at Derby at the moment.

    Overall I am happy, without being happy. I think we will have to do what Mad Amster says - get into them in the second leg, biting in for everything, and showing a more positive approach. Fulham have got to score two against us, and m ay well have a tendency to leave the back door open. Let's hope we are there to walk through the door and steal their goodies!

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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by CornwallRam on Sat 12 May 2018, 1:30 pm

    I thought that Rowett's game plan was obvious last night.

    We gave Fulham the ball in their own half and retreated to the halfway line as soon as they had possession. We then closed the space in our own half and, until the last 20 minutes, defended with as high a line as was possible when playing in our own half.

    What this did was allowed our midfield to really compete for the ball and keep Fulham's attacks down to long shots which Carson was able to deal with. When we won the ball back our strikers had acres of green space to run into. Rowett set us up to hit them on the break. It worked well until Jerome went off.

    On Jerome - how is it that a donkey worth 15p a month ago is suddenly the best striker in the league worth £15m plus. What happened? Maybe it's just the change in system. It certainly seems to have had the reverse effect on Vydra. Indeed, I'd be tempted to bench him on Monday and go with Lawrence and Wiemann or Anya as the two inside forwards as I assume we'll be using pace to hurt Fulham on the counter again.

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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by Mitten State Ram on Sat 12 May 2018, 3:22 pm

    It's difficult to say what the best games will be for Monday. Reverting to Vydra as super-sub could be a shrewd move, but then he's a player who even in a quiet night is most likely to produce an inspired moment from nowhere. I think the first goal on Monday will be critical. If we score it, I like our chances.


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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by bramhallram on Sat 12 May 2018, 4:11 pm

    Excellent performance by the Rams last night. In the first half we pressed hard, defended well and carried a real threat on the counter attack. After the break we were pinned back in our own half for much of the time, but worked hard to keep them out. We were a bit lucky with the thunderbolt that smacked the crossbar, but mostly coped very well.

    I expect the second leg will be more like yesterday's second half than the first. I don't see it being a goalless draw, so the first goal and its timing will be crucial. If they score it we could be in for a tough night, but if we score it we can start looking up train times to Wembley. Again.

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    Post by Ram78 on Sat 12 May 2018, 4:15 pm

    I was impressed with the first half play and the counter attacks were great to watch, Davies marshalled the defence well and Huddlestones crosses were spot on, the second half not so great to watch but we nullified there impressive attack
    Half time, now let’s finish the job!
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by terminaator on Mon 14 May 2018, 9:46 pm

    saw the last 20 minutes today. They had better tactics, more intelligence, energy, bravery, skill, and arrogance. That is how I want Derby to play. Rowett just wants us to be "solid". Well, we can be in patches, but at some point we're going to concede apparently. Not enough and we deserved what we got today.

    I still can't forgive Rowett for selling Hughes. Not for that money at least. 100M for Sessegnon? Now thats how you do it!
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by casinoram on Mon 14 May 2018, 9:51 pm

    You cannot get promoted "HOPING" the other team wont score... Especially that when they do score you don't have the quality or a plan B in place to do anything about it....
    Too many wayward passes, lack of penetration and woeful crosses.. Can Wisdom actually cross the ball..... oh...95th minute finally...

    Pffffffffff... A team not deserving of the premiership. At least we saved ourselves the pain of watching us get absolutely mullered every game next year..

    Enjoy your long holidays Derby....Same again next year I expect!!

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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by Mitten State Ram on Mon 14 May 2018, 9:54 pm

    Total bummer. The match went how I expected. We executed our game plan well at home, but were lucky, as we'd have to be to beat a better side over 180 minutes. Tonight we started brightly passing forward, and throughout the first half Fulham's frustration at missed chances built. We made some opportunities in front of goal, but never could get that clear shot on target. I was certain going in to tonight that the team which scored first would win. Had we nicked one before halftime I think that would have held true. Jerome's decision to shoot from distance rather than release Johnson coming up to his left with space or try to find Anya's feet to his right may have been the moment of the night. He chose wrong and fluffed a good move.

    I thought that GR's team sheet was right, except that I might have dared to start Nugent and bring Vydra and Jerome on both at 60 exactly. The ever-cautious GR delayed the change nine minutes too long, in my opinion. At 60 minutes it was still level. By 69 it was clearly Fulham's night. Surely the game plan was to hold off our most dangerous attacker until he could enter the tie with fresh legs and the game still there for the taking. That was still true at 1-1, but how could you not see on the hour mark that every second ticking by brought Fulham's inevitable winner closer? We had to do something decisive then or never. In the end, it was never.
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by bramhallram on Mon 14 May 2018, 9:58 pm

    Beaten by a better side tonight. It doesn't help when one of your defenders loses his man in the penalty area like that, or when nobody gets near the few crosses we made.

    Well done Rams for getting to the playoffs, but there's a lot of work to be done in the summer.

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    Post by Stockport Ram on Mon 14 May 2018, 10:05 pm

    Which defender, BR? There appears to ba a "Jimmy Tarbuck" Winner Takles All difference of opinion.....
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    Re: Derby 1-0 Fulham FIRST LEG playoff reports and comments

    Post by RRC on Mon 14 May 2018, 10:08 pm

    Which match are posters commenting on?

    This is the report on FRIDAY'S FIRST LEG MATCH at PPS.

    I've closed this thread for now.




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