Unfortunately Wayne seems to be stuck with the idea of trying to not lose, which might seem like it is working, until we are losing. Then its game over because there is nowhere to go, especially as Wayne doesn't even try to go anywhere until it is too late. I can remember under Jim Smith we saw some of the most fantastic football with a really upbeat, "Let's have a go at them" attitude - until Steve MaClaren was poached by Manure. Then he went into the same "try to not lose" attitude we have grabbed with both hands right now, and there was only one outcome.
And so to the match. It seemed like the plan was to cross to the far post for Fozzy to get on the end of, knowing how difficult Millwalls poo-house defending would be. The one he put wide was actually Millwall doing poo-house defending because the defender nudged Fozzy just as he jumped for the ball meaning that he met the ball a bit to the right of where he should have, and that sent the ball wide. Unfortunately apart from his ability to cross the ball, playing him that high up the pitch backfired because he simply doesn't have the skill on the ball to do that job. Byrne played well, probably our best player on the day, Menghi looked class at first, then he goofed for the goal, and then started letting the ball run under his foot. And until the substitutions, that's about it, performance wise. CKR didn't do too well, but had poor service, and because we had fielded about 275 defenders, there were no players running off him, plus he had 3 defenders holding hands with him all game long, so he had very little room to do what he does. The substitutions meant that suddenly we had the potential to make something happen for the first time in the match. Sibley should have scored his chance, but it came to him in an instance, and he's only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes. If only he could have the 20 or so chances that Waghorn needs to score, then who knows what he could do. Maybe even score a goal or two? Oh, and comparing Joswiack with Johnny Russell is not on. I have wanted to support Joswiack because he always has 3 or more defenders on him when he has the ball, but that glorious opportunity from Watson's brilliant through ball summed him up, and I think his time is up. Sibley in his place please. Except that Tom is due back, so Sibbers is going to have to wait for Tom to not produce for the next 57 matches before he gets another sniff of starting.
And Darren England. good grief! He didn't give us the obligatory opening 15 minutes before cocking things up. Everybody knows that Evans should have been long gone, but all match long until he was substituted, Wallace's entire match plan was to commit fouls. He must have given at least 15 away, so he too should have walked for persistent fouling. And Pearce wacking his studs into CKR's back - England wasn't even going to give the free-kick, let alone get a card out - and it too could have been red. Imagine that - a decent ref and Millwall would have been down to 8 players! That was never going to happen, was it?
So what we had was an incredible attempt to win the "worst performance in a Derby County game" award, just like the pillock of a ref on Wednesday night. But this is Derby County, and we absolutely thrashed him to take the prize for ourselves, yet again. In the end we only have ourselves to blame for the result.
Will I bother for the Brentford match? I have no intention at the moment. But there was an ad for SkySports a few years ago, where a dad says to his son "Be careful son, because when you choose your team, it's yours for life". So I'll see you for the Brentford match, then?