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Derby County 3 - Wednesday 0

Pride Park

9/11/13 - 3pm

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Derby County 3-0 Wednesday

Wednesday did little to show last week´s 5-2 thrashing of Reading was the start of an upturn in fortunes as they suffered a convincing 3-0 defeat against an on-song Derby County at Pride Park.

Goals from Jake Buxon, Will Hughes and Chris Martin gave Steve McLaren´s Rams a well-deserved three points and brought Dave Jones´s men crashing back down to earth with a bang following their first win of the season last time out.

Jones stuck with Matty Fryatt and Connor Wickham in attack after the pair helped rip the Royals to shreds last week but Wednesday were never really in the contest against a Rams side keen to bounce back from defeat against QPR in their last outing.

Derby were on the front foot from the off but Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland wasn´t called into any serious early action as the visitors looked to soak up some pressure and get a foothold in the game.

Craig Bryson first threatened the Wednesday goal from a free-kick 15 minutes in but his shot took a deflection and drifted just wide of the goal.

Simon Dawkins looked dangerous throughout for McLaren´s men and he twice threatened the Owls goal in quick succession but Wednesday remained strong at the back, if struggling to make an impact in attack.

The game looked to be heading into the interval goalless, a scoreline certainly more suited for the visitors, until Buxton bagged the opener.

Jamie Ward´s free-kick was sent into the mix and Buxton was there to head in the opener from the underside of the bar. It was a goal Wednesday would have been gutted to give away given their aerial dominance.

The scoreline was a fair reflection on the direction of the game and half-time will have given the Owls time to regroup for what they hoped would be a more improved second 45 minutes.

The Rams had other ideas, however, and carried their momentum into the second half to double their lead almost straight after the interval.

A lost ball in the middle of the park allowed Derby to break and a flowing move eventually saw Hughes drill in County´s second to leave Wednesday with it all to do.

A third soon followed from Martin to all-but seal the game and although Jones acted and brought on Jermaine Johnson and Giles Coke to try and stem the flow of the game, it was too little too late.

Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Martin (Sammon 85), Ward (Davies 90), Hughes, Buxton, Dawkins (Bennett 76), Wisdom, Cisse.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Zayatte, Roger Johnson, Reda Johnson, Antonio, McPhail (Coke 53), Olofinjana (Palmer 73), Helan (Jermaine Johnson 53), Fryatt, Wickham.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 9 2013

Time: 9:33PM

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Had a tendency to avoid DJ's postmatch interviews because I'm tired of hearing the same old excuses, but I made the exception this time as I thought he might provide an explanation for such contrasting performances over the past two games. Quote: "Turning inside rather than going down the outside - all week we've worked on getting down the outside - getting inside, cutting inside - but you've got to cut inside 30yds outside their box not 30yds outside ours." So there's the explanation, folks. Our manager is an idiot. It's not even as though the fellas from Radio Pig give him a hard time. You or I might get confused if someone shoves a microphone under our nose, end up saying the wrong thing, but DJ is so-o-o experienced. Maybe he thinks he's saying the right thing or maybe someone needs to run a tape measure along the Middlewood Rd training pitches. No wonder the players seem clueless half the time. As for his pre-match/ halftime team talks, well they're anyone's guess! He still managed to come out with the 'dig deep' war-cry but greater concern was his emphasis on 'put-the foot-through-it' 60yd clearances. You just KNOW what his staff will have 'em working on over the next fortnight.
OurMaurice
4,000 supporters travel showing the enthusiasm a win can generate, then its back to cr4p excuses and we're clueless, straight back in the relegation zone, will the 4000 travel again? DJ we need something to be enthusiastic about. New manager - how about the Hairy Biker, out of the strictly dancing and knows as much about football as he knows about dancing - which is better than we have at the moment
Brighton Owl
Let's be honest, after the Reading game we were all so desperate to believe the corner had been turned. Derby set that particular record straight and now we're left to contemplate square one yet again. Meanwhile, our revered manager threatens to wield the axe whilst handing U21 appearances to players who aren't even on our books "as a favour" while our own miss out on valuable game time because he doesn't think they're "doing enough" to warrant inclusion. You couldn't make it up! Maybe Chris Maguire (and the rest of our 'shadow squad') are getting disillusioned with it all. I know I sure am!
OurMaurice
Guys seriously we are in the s**t big style my last positive brain cell died after DJ says no ones place Is safe and includes Llera on the list of players who are inconsistent I Mean come on he has been the most consistent bench warmer all season
andymac-scoresagoal
Clearly, drastic measures are now called for. I've been giving our current situation some thought and this is what I've come up with... Firstly we need to discover where, during his rare visits to Sheffield, DJ normally parks his limousine or helicopter. I'm guessing it'll be closer to a golf course than Middlewood Rd but anyway... From there a carefully-placed trail of fudge doughnuts, cream horns, vanilla slices and chocolate eclairs will lead to a secret location kitted out with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment (sound & vision) where Brighton Owl's Hairy Biker (he might even be able to supply the cakes?) will await his arrival dressed as a netball coach. Obviously, imagination now plays a part (and each to their own) but the aim is to amass enough compromising material to a) ensure MM's safe release from wherever it is DJ has him bound and gagged and b) a suitable resignation package that sees a full reimbursement of all monies misappropriated under the guise of 'salary, bonuses & expenses'. Who knows, we manage to pull this stunt and MM's gratitude might even extend to reinstating Gary Megson as boss with Mike Phelan as his No.2 and sufficient financial support to make promotion to the promised land a realistic target.
OurMaurice
 

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