I HAVE to confess that even as late as when I got up on Saturday morning I was not expecting the Rams’ game against Forest to be taking place given the cold weather and snow we have been experiencing of late, writes Gareth Davis.
And I must also confess that a pre-existing family commitment – I couldn’t believe my bad luck when the fixture list came out last June and I saw the clash – meant I wasn’t able to get to Pride Park anyway, so I would have been happy if the match had gone under!
As it turned out there was no repeat of last year’s postponement and it all went ahead with me over 100 miles away, so I can’t really comment on the game itself, although I was able to follow matters via Twitter and listening to the radio on my phone for a while.
The urge to rant at Derby going behind while I was on the train was successfully fought, though I did let a cheer out in a coffee shop in Cambridge when news of the equaliser broke!
By all accounts it was one of the Rams’ poorest home performances of the season, which is a surprise given the displays in the last two Pride Park encounters against Middlesbrough and Tranmere, but when that happens it is important to take something from the match and I am always of the opinion that any time you are behind in the Championship and come back for a point, you cannot complain too much.
It’s now only one win in the last six Championship games for the Rams though, and while Nigel Clough won’t be admitting any worries publicly I am sure privately he will be concerned as it does point to an element of inconsistency again this season – only twice have Derby won back to back league games in 2012/13.
But this coming Saturday, weather permitting, brings with it a break from the Championship and a chance for further progress in the FA Cup.
Blackburn are having a funny season so far but Jordan Rhodes continues to bang the goals in, while it will be an interesting return to Pride Park for Rovers’ Derby-born goalkeeper Jake Kean, who was released by the Rams at 18 and will now be relishing the opportunity to line up against the club he supports.
But back to Saturday, and one last point as while I had been out, someone took the opportunity to leave me a note in the snow on the back of my car.
It read, simply: “1-0 to Forest”!
This week’s possibly-forgotten blast from the past is Paul Dickov, formerly of Blackburn and with the Rams on loan from Leicester for the final few months of 2009. He remains in charge of Oldham Athletic.