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  Leicester City 4 Man Utd 2 - the "end of the road" for OGS!?
Posted by: 0762 - Yesterday, 01:01 - Forum: Manchester United - No Replies

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/football...hp&pc=U531
I watched this game in disbelief re a Man U side facing the Foxes who haven't won a game in their last four fixtures. OGS has been around the club as manager for a good period and really should've "rubber-stamped" his own brand of footie on one of the top favourite footie clubs on the planet. Yet they look like they have lost their identity - well beaten by a team that showed more passion and commitment to winning a match. They were well set up and "geared to win" compared with a United side that showed none of these qualities. Man Utd should have a top quality pedigree manager who can deliver what the board and fans really want - proper success and much less of these "random accidents" that always appear to be "hovering on the horizon" for Solskjaer's team. Reading Pogba's "withering criticism" of OGS and I suspect a more reputable and tough manager would likely "ditch" him as I still think he is a problem to the proper functionality of the team. OGS has had lotsa time to change this whole team for the better, esp the defensively frail bits. He hasn't done that!! I think he must know that the "end of the road" is coming into sight as these duff results never seem to go away.

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  Sevco v Hearts
Posted by: Inverurie Jambo - 16-10-2021, 19:17 - Forum: Hearts - Replies (3)

Happy with result. First half, Sevco played Hearts off the park imo but only went in at the interval with a 1-0 lead thanks to a decent Lundstrom strike, which I think Gordon should have done better and saved it. However, Morelos misses a few chances and suddenly Hearts start to play a bit and put them under some pressure, resulting in a corner kick in 89th minute. In comes the cross, McGregor totally flaps a5 it and Halkett nods in at far post- yeeha.

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  October 16th mauling- a matchday thread
Posted by: jjamez - 15-10-2021, 17:42 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (13)

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Following a boring week and a bit where nothing much exciting has happened, proper football finally returns as Huddersfield welcome 'Yorkshire' rivals Hull to the John Smiths Stadium. Hull have apparently sold out their allocation of tickets, so it could be a boisterous away end, with the getting mauled by the tigers song hopefully being replaced by torn to shreds at the ankles by the terriers.

Saturdays game also marks the day of the Worthington walk, in honour of club legend Frank, the walk will see a set of Town fans along with the likes of Andy Booth, Michael Hefele and others journey from Leeds to Huddersfield. They set off early morning from Elland Road, to the John Smiths Stadium in time for kick off, via the Shay of Halifax Town, the three main clubs big Frank played for during his career. More info can be found here Worthington Walk

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Town come into the game on the back of solid draw away at Luton before the break and a topsy turvy win at home against Blackburn. The draw at Luton could have gone either way in all fairness, with the Hatters having the best of the first half, hitting the post in the process, whilst Town were the better side in the second half, with Toffolo coming close in the dying moments, where had he squared the ball Campbell was waiting, probably flat footed like normal. The Blackburn game saw two sides wanting to attack and on another day Town could have been 3 up within the first ten minutes but for a lack of clinical edge. One would hope that we see the Town that played that game against Rovers, rather than the one who played a few weeks earlier against Nottingham Forest. 

The international break came at both a good time and bad time for Town, sure there had been the odd bad result, but there was still some semblance of momentum from the side and a double header against Hull and Birmingham at home would have been a good time to continue it on. However, there had been a few injuries creeping into the squad, Jonny Hogg, Alex Vallejo and Levi Colwill all picking up little issues, whilst fatigue would have been setting into the legs of the likes of O'brien, Lees and Toffolo, so a mini break would have done the players good in terms of getting the rest and getting those who have been injured back into training. The only thing is, other teams have had the same opportunity in the large part. It was however good to see Sorba Thomas, Scott High and Danel Sinani getting international caps in one way or another over the break period.

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Hull meanwhile sit just outside of the relegation places by just one point. It appears that scoring goals has been one of their primary issues, whilst defensively they've been hit and miss. Although it wasn't the case to begin with as they travelled to Deepdale on the opening weekend and registered an impressive 4-1 win upon their return to the Championship. It didn't start well as Preston took the lead within the first 10 minutes, but Keane Lewis-Potter equalised before half time. The floodgates opened for Preston in the second half as Richie Smallwood, Josh Magennis and Andy Cannon all got on the scoresheet. The lost at home on penalties to Wigan in the league cup, but we wont count that. Their first game back in the Championship on home soil saw them welcome Queens Park Rangers, who would register a 3-0 win, former Town loanee Chris Willock being one of the scorers. They followed that up with another home defeat, this time against troubled Derby County who saw their only goal come from former Reading striker Sam Baldock. A few days later and they were on the road to the capital to face Fulham, they returned north with nil points as the Cottagers ran out 2-0 winners. They finished August off on Humberside as they welcomed Bournemouth and played out a 0-0 draw, failing to get a shot on target and registering just 3 shots in total.

An international break started September off but it didn't bring around that big a change in fortune as the Tigers travelled to Wales to face Swansea and drew 0-0 yet again, yet again they struggled to work the goalkeeper. On their way back east they called in for a quick game against Blackburn Rovers, and much like Town did, they managed to find the Blackburn defence being fairly open, unlike Town though, they failed to score and lost 2-0. Back on Humberside they welcomed Sheffield United for the first 'Yorkshire' derby of their season and lost 3-1 with Billy Sharp also missing a penalty, which would have compounded further misery on the Tigers. A trip to the Potteries came next and it was much the same for the struggling Tigers as they lost 2-0. They finished the month off with a 1-1 draw against fellow newly promoted side Blackpool, the Tigers were 1-0 down and 1 man down but managed to find a late equaliser through Tom Eaves. The Tigers ended a winless run that stretched back to the start of the season in the only game of October when they beat former Town boss Neil Warnocks Middlesbrough 2-0 thanks to two goals in the last ten minutes.

Its appeared that over the course of the season they have struggled at defending set pieces and dealing with teams that try to hit on the counter, which are two things that Town could and should consider as strengths considering the pace out wide and the quality of deliveries we have been getting into the box this season.

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Hull City will be boosted by the return of influential duo George Honeyman and Tom Huddlestone for this weekend's trip, Alfie Jones has a hamstring problem that is likely to keep him out for the next three to four weeks, Callum Elder, Josh Magennis and Matt Smith have all returned fit and ready from their international travels.

In terms of ones to watch, its not very straight forward,

The main one would be Keane Lewis-Potter, Harrys half brother, the forward has the ability to create some magic around the box. I'm only messing about being related to Harry. But with Hull only scoring 8 and Lewis-Potter scoring 3 of those and setting up a further 2, its fairly certain that he will have a big part to play in any Hull attacks.

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Another player that features amongst the forwards that will need to be watched is George Moncur. The former West Ham youth had a spell at Barnsley a few years back and signed for Hull this summer from Luton. Yet to score this season and has made 2 assists so far, he operates just behind the strikers, but will need to be watched as he has created 13 chances for the Tigers in the 9 games he has played for them.

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Huddersfield will be without Alex Vallejo who is still suffering with a knee issue picked up against Blackburn, but Jonathan Hogg and Levi Colwill both returned to training over the international break and come back into contention for Saturday. Pipa, Jordan Rhodes, Aaron Rowe and Ryan Schofield all remain out longer term, with Mipo Odubeko also likely to miss out due to illness. Scott High, Sorba Thomas and Danel Sinani all return from international duty and it remains to be seen whether they are available to feature from the start.

Cobertalk-

McCann- “If you look at Huddersfield’s start to the season, they didn’t start too well, Fulham thumped them at home quite early on. Since then, I think they’ve been quite consistent. What they do well is that they stay in the game. That’s what they’ve been good at this season - they’ve always given themselves an opportunity to stay in the game.

“Carlos has done well there. I think it’s his second year in management. The way they play and the personnel they use seems to be working for them. We know that we have to be good behind the ball but we have to make sure that we hurt them at the other end of the pitch.”

“I think we just need to be a bit more ruthless at the top end of the pitch, We’ve had some very good performances away from home but haven’t picked up enough points. We want to try and turn those performances into wins now and build on the last two games as much as we can"

"It’s great to see so many fans going to support us, We’re delighted with that. In the last game against Middlesbrough, the fans were brilliant. They drove us onto victory, so it’s nice to see them coming to support us again. We want to go and put a good performance on and hopefully get the three points for them.”

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It is a fairly even record when it comes to the head to heads between the two sides, with the first game coming all the way back on Snoots 10th birthday back in January 1911  Whistle Town won 2-0 that day. The overall record is 23 Town wins, 21 defeats and 11 draws. The most recent came back in January 2020 where a 96th minute goal from Steve Mounie saw Town run out 2-1 winners, after Karlan Grant had seen his first half opener cancelled out by Ryan Tafozolli. Town did the double over the Tigers that season, with Town winning 3-0 in October. A second half salvo from Karlan Grant, Elias Kachunga and Juninho Bacuna gave Danny Cowleys side the 3 points. If memory serves, it was a game where Adama Diakhaby had their full back on toast and actually looked like he could be a useful footballer...it didn't last.

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Played for both quiz. 10 names, you know the score

1) Local boy who started off in Huddersfields centre of excellence before moving on elsewhere. Made his name in and around Premier League squads and also had time out on loan on the continent. Has had two spells at tomorrows opponents, his first came on the back of a successful loan abroad and acted as a catalyst for his career in the Uk.

2) Had a short spell on loan with the Tigers which yielded 4 goals in 17 games, his time at Town was short and not productive due to injury. Is probably best known for his time over in Russia which preceded his coming to England. 

3) Had a short loan spell as injury cover here at Town. A prime candidate for a good old booing every time he came here on the opposing side. Somehow became a Premier League player and a full international. Spent 5 years at Hull and made over 80 appearances.

4) Currently managing his hometown club and is finding his position increasingly perilous as each day goes by. Sometimes credited as being the best centre half never to play for England. Never played for either club but managed both teams, also managed two of the three Sheffield sides, once he got back from watching cricket. I dont need to say owt else do I?

5) A player that comes from a footballing background, one that often seemed to interfere with his career early on. Highly talented when he first came on the scene and often linked with moves to some of the bigger European sides, he spurned their advances to try and become an established Premier League. It didn't really work out. A brief spell at Hull saw him spend time on loan at two midlands clubs, before moving full time to one of them. There he became a solid Championship player before making the move to Town. His spell here was brief and probably undeservedly so as I feel he probably deserved more time here as he wasn't that bad.

6) Came through the academy of his boyhood club and had a year on loan at Town which resulted in Town wanting to bring him in full time, but injuries at his parent club put an end to that. Made over a 150 appearances for his club during the 20 years he had there, before moving on to Hull for 2 seasons and then to Sunderland for one final season as a professional, but never made an appearance for the black cats.

7) Defender who had 4 years at Hull after coming through their academy. During his time there he made 11 appearances and had loans at Carlisle, Huddersfield and Chesterfield. He would leave Hull to move to Chesterfield permanently and would have a further year and a half there before moving to the Championship. He is now the captain of a Premier League side.

8) Irish midfielder from Preston and began his career there before moving to West Brom and then onwards to the likes of Sunderland and Everton. Played the vast majority of his career in the Premier League and it was only towards the end that he started to move down to the Championship barring a loan spell at Town for half a season as we pushed for promotion from league 1. Is now a pundit.

9) Originally from Pontefract, he came through Towns academy and made 37 first team appearances before moving on. Made 23 appearances for Hull in a 3 year period, but it was Hartlepool where he played the vast majority of his career, registering 244 appearances for the club. Ha since had an unsuccessful attempt at managing.

10) Another local boy who came through the clubs academy and made 75 appearances for Town in total before moving away. A journeyman career followed including a year at Hull, who in turn sent him out on loan back to Huddersfield where he only made 4 appearances and failed to score. His best times came whilst at Notts County where he scored 11 in 63, but he also found himself in trouble whilst there, having being interviewed over a stabbing, nothing came of it and he was released. A few years later he was found guilty of match fixing and found himself behind bars.


Annie Grams

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  Porteous subjected to online sectarian abuse!!!?
Posted by: 0762 - 14-10-2021, 21:16 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (4)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58916448

Add in homophobic abuse as well and it had to be coming from this usual toxic Govan footie club (certain officials "played a part" in fueling these attacks!) and the factions of poisonous fans who support them!!! Thumb down I've previously put in my "tuppence worth" re Scot footie life before they returned to the top league and after they finally won the Scot Championship and proceeded to infect our game AGAIN after all these blissful years without them!! The evidence is there for all to see and we are stuck with these shit heids unless they are finally "brought to bear" or hopefully liquidated due to the poor fiscal management of their football club. Porteous incurs a two-match ban for that tackle and also gets a negative bonus of the usual online abuse that seems to infect our society these days when it comes to stuff like this - IT'S ONLY A GAME OF FOOTIE FFS AND NOBODY GOT INJURED!!! Cool

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  Beni Baningime
Posted by: Inverurie Jambo - 14-10-2021, 16:55 - Forum: Hearts - Replies (2)

Decent article by Tom English on BBC website on the lad. Young lad who has come from very humble and tough background and obviously appreciates the chance he has been given to show off his talent. Not all about the money for him. Seems to have had his doubters during his young career but is god bent on proving them wrong- very refreshing IMO and I think at the moment, he is doing exactly that

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  Hibs v Dundee United, Sat 16 October, KO 3.00pm
Posted by: 0762 - 14-10-2021, 14:57 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (9)

It's back to Scot Prem business and most of our players "freshened" up during the international break. Kevin Nisbet had a small bit of game time with Scotland. So he should be well primed for this upcoming match v United. Boyly more committed to the Aussie World Cup campaign and playing well. I reckon Doidgy could be "returning to the fold" fairly soon and that would be a welcome addition to the team. The objective is fairly simple - lets "get back on track" and win this match. We were unbeaten before that Ibronx fixture/loss. It's a case of "normal service resumes" and a different referee, different perception of the rules of the game. IMO United is a decent fixture for Hibs and Jack Ross and hopefully the result will be as positive as our past fixtures v the Tangerines. Their form has improved in the weeks preceding the international break, but this game is all about how Hibs tackle this match in front of a big Hibs support. I think Hibs are a better side than United and it should be the case on Saturday afternoon. As usual, they must "show up" and earn the result. C'mon Hibs!

GGTTH

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  AFC Wimbledon v The Owls L1 Match Thread
Posted by: Owlkev71 - 14-10-2021, 13:35 - Forum: Sheffield Wednesday - Replies (59)

THE MATCH

SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER KO 3:00PM

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LAST MATCH



Well we won the game, but the performance wasn't the best. Bolton started the brightest and could have scored in the first minute if a pass had been better. Bolton continued to boss the game but there finishing wasn't the best. We had a couple of chances, SB firing wide and Gregory had a header saved. Onto the second and we found a breakthrough when Hunt crossed first time and Gregory finished first time. Bolton pressed for an equalizer but we managed to hold out for our third home win of the season.

THE MATCH



Next up and a trip to AFC Wimbledon, a first for us as the original Wimbledon are now the MK Dons. They have a new ground, which they have called Plough Lane, this ground a 100x better than the original. They have had a mixed started to the season and currently lie in 15th place in the table, a mid table finish probably the best they can hope for. They are managed by Mark Robinson. Cant say I know much about there players apart from they will look like a team unlike our lot Doh 

CURRENT FORM

OWLS               -              Big Grin Angry Big Grin Confused  Confused Angry                    

WIMB              -              Confused  Angry  Angry  Angry  Big Grin  Big Grin

EFL STOOGES

DOES IT MATTER THERE ALL CORRUPT Thumb up  Thumb up

CHRISTOPHER SARGINSON
Darren Blunden and Aaron Farmer
Fourth Official : Sam Purkiss

THE TEAM

Peacock-Farrell
Hunt Hutch Iorfa Palmer
Bannan Wing Adeniran
Paterson Gregory Brown

SCORE & SCORER (HOME TEAM SCORE FIRST)

1-1 Gregory

BML STANDINGS

Kev 5
Wash 3
Pei 3
SCO 2
Imre 2
SS 1
Wereham 1

OTHER GAMES OF MILD INTEREST

Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Cambridge United v Ipswich Town
Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers
Fleetwood Town v Crewe Alexandra

DDAAH

THE MUPPETT LEAGUE

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  WBA vs Birmingham & Swansea - Match Thread
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - 14-10-2021, 13:27 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (29)

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Another Friday, another match. Albion had to come a cropper sooner or later, but our last outing at Stoke was a chastening and well-deserved defeat that took the wind out of everyone's sails, and after a fortnight to dwell on the failure, getting back into the promotion campaign with a local derby is far from ideal.

Not that Birmingham are in the happiest place themselves, winless in five (including three defeats by a three-goal margin) and sliding down to an all-too-familiar end of the table. I have to admit that I haven't followed all of the behind-the-scenes drama at St Andrews in recent years - like any soap, miss one week and you're miles behind - but I gather that recent episodes have seen Carson Yeung sent to prison, Paul Suen getting on the wrong side of the Mitchell brothers, and Lee Bowyer finding out he's carrying Harold Bishop's baby. Nevertheless, the boys in blue almost always up their game against us, and though it's fifteen years almost to the day since their last win in this fixture, they tend to be tough to overcome. 2019 gave us a pair of five-goal thrillers against Blues, and another on Friday would be a treat; but irrespective of the result, both sets of fans will undoubtedly be united in paying tribute to the late and much-mourned Alan Miller before kick-off.

Then next Wednesday takes us back to South Wales, this time guests of Swansea, who've also been labouring at the wrong end of the Championship. From losing the play-off final in May it's been a tough ride, though arch-rivals Cardiff may end up giving them a three-point boost on Sunday going into their encounter with us. Historically real bogey opponents for us, we've performed well against the Jacks in recent seasons, but a draw would still be a good return on a tough ground.


They Played For Both

Solve the anagrams to find former Albion men who've also turned out for Birmingham or Swansea:

1. MALL NAILER (Birmingham)
2. JAN, A KNOTHOLE! (Birmingham)
3. POLAR BUNIONS (Birmingham)
4. HULK'S NIPPLE PRIVIES (Birmingham)
5. WILLIAM LEDGER (Birmingham)
6. NIGGARD RACER (Birmingham)
7. ACID'S VIRTUES (Birmingham)
8. ILL-RHYMING VOLLEY (Birmingham)
9. SNORT BEEF (Birmingham)
10. ERRAND TRACER (Birmingham)
11. NERD REARS UP (Birmingham)
12. FORGO SHEFFIELD (Birmingham)
13. VAR DRUID'S BOW (Birmingham)
14. ITCHY SHREW (Birmingham)
15. ROAR BY LAW (Birmingham)
16. ANGRY RED PYRE (Birmingham)
17. HOLLOWEST IN JIN (Birmingham)
18. BRISKER PHOTON (Birmingham)
19. LEMONY TORY (Birmingham)
20. DODGY TONNE (Birmingham)
21. CELT WINOS (Swansea)
22. SILICON TRACTS (Swansea)
23. HURRY AVID DUBS (Swansea)
24. NORSE IRENE (Swansea)
25. KNOB FUNERAL (Swansea)
26. EL UK ROMEO (Swansea)
27. LOTT IN IGNOMINY (Swansea)
28. TED'S TELLY (Swansea)
29. JOIN OVERS (Swansea)
30. CLASH GREG (Swansea)
31. SANE HIJACK (Swansea)
32. BENNIE'S BORODIN (Swansea)
33. CORK AUTHOR (Swansea)
34. E-BACTERIA GIT (Swansea)
35. AW, MAMA PUKED (Swansea)
36. WAN PLAGUE (Swansea)

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  Southend Want Rowe
Posted by: spireitematt - 13-10-2021, 20:49 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (3)

Southend have made a formal approach to take James Rowe as their replacement for Phil Brown. Chesterfield have turned it down.

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  Preston North End v Derby County Deepdale 16/10/2021
Posted by: themaclad - 13-10-2021, 19:48 - Forum: Preston North End - Replies (2)

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LAST TIME OUT



PNE 7 DERBY 9

MANAGER

In August 2020, Rooney was announced as the manager for the England team at Soccer Aid 2020, assisted by Sam Allardyce and goalkeeper coach David Seaman.[323]

Derby County
After a poor start to the 2020–21 season saw Derby bottom of the table – their lowest position for 12 years – Derby boss Phillip Cocu was sacked, and Rooney was appointed as part of a four-man interim coaching staff alongside Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker.[5] Rooney's first game in charge saw Derby lose 1–0 at Bristol City to leave them at the foot of the table and three points from safety, though Rooney said he could guarantee that the side would "get better (and) get out of the situation we're in and... start winning games."[324] Following a "painful and chastening" 3–0 defeat to Middlesbrough it was announced that Rooney would take sole control of the side for the next match and had removed himself from the playing squad,[264] with Rooney making clear his desire to take the role full time.[265] Rooney started sole charge with The Rams in 24th, six points adrift of safety and on a run of four consecutive defeats; after improving Derby's form enough to get them out of the relegation zone he was appointed as permanent manager on 15 January.[4] By mid-February 2021, having accrued 31 points from a possible 54 in his 18 games in sole charge, taking Derby up to 18th in the league and eight points clear of the relegation zone, Rooney was feted by the press for "convincing the doubters"[325] and found himself as 25/1 outsider for the Celtic job following the resignation of Neil Lennon.[326] Following this, however, form faltered badly with just one win from fourteen leaving Derby firmly in trouble,[327] with Rooney's side being criticised for its poor game management and sloppy defending[328] and suggestion that Rooney came across "as a manager who’s accepted defeat, who’s surrender himself to whatever results might come his way" and should be replaced.[327] Others defended Rooney, saying that though he had made mistakes, particularly in making "too many changes to personnel and shape/tactics" he had not been helped by injuries and too many players who had "been inconsistent (and) unable to maintain form both during a game and from game to game."[329] However, at the last match of the season, Derby County drew 3–3 at home with Sheffield Wednesday to barely avoid relegation.[330]

Whisper it quietly he's actually starting to do a good job although bottom and we all know the reason for that they have not actually played too badly this season and every credit for not walking away, no one would have blamed him if he had

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Joshua Smith has been appointed as the Match Referee for Derby County's Sky Bet Championship fixture at Preston North End on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Smith has overseen 11 games so far this season in all competitions, showing 39 yellow cards and two reds in the process.

This weekend's match will be his first where he has taken charge of a Derby fixture.

Smith will be assisted by Mark Dwyer and Natalie Aspinall on the lines, whilst Jeremy Simpson has been appointed as the fourth official.

MACS VIEW

On the pitch we need a win, no ifs no buts, given the amount of times I've seen us beat the Rams since 2006 is zero, irony that last season played behind closed doors we beat them 3 times and no one got to see it does have an omninous ring about it
The Rams bottom due to slightly iffy ways of running the club although think they have a cheek to appeal against the 12 point deduction given there is every possibility they will get another 9 point one.
On the pitch they have not done too badly suspect it's seige mentality. Still have a couple of decent players Lawrence being the stand out.
A hectic period with games coming thick and fast however three out of the next four are at home wins required.
When last seen McCann was struggling to get up the slope on the underground passage way at Preston station using crutches, Bauer was also limping.
Barkhuizen has got game time in the reserves and Rafferty has bween added to the first team squad which suggest there is a problem at right back.
Off the field could be a very pivotal week for the club with the death of Uncle Trev, the club will be spot on with everything on Saturday, just need a win to celebrate Trevor's passing

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