Derby County dismissed a poor Wednesday side that were lucky to keep it 3-0 as former legend admits there’s a chance of a longer stay.
Derby County destroyed a lacklustre Sheffield Wednesday side in front of a 26 thousand strong crowd, including close to 4,000 Wednesday fans.
The game started off in a sour fashion as a small minority of Wednesday fans decided against the minute silence held for Remembrance Day, which resulted in an impromptu minute applause from Derby fans, and some Wednesday fans to lessen their affect. Once the whistle blew to conclude the minute’s silence/applause, tensions were high between both sides.
The home team started in a strong fashion showing their passing, moving and sharpness and pressed Wednesday deep into their own half and barely allowed them to roam further than the half way line, in what was a dominant performance for Steve McClaren and his men.
Tottenham winger on loan to Derby Simon Dawkins was clearly buoyed by his goal against QPR and was the turning the heat up on Wednesday early in the first half causing their defence a headache they could have done without. One of a series of strong attacking moves that Wednesday managed to get out by one way or another ended in a corner, which Jake Buxton brilliantly rose above his man to finish in emphatic style and was nothing more than the Rams deserved.
The second half was more of the same as Derby kept the pressure on until the final minute, and even at 3-0 up late into the game Wednesday had to put 10 men behind the ball to limit the damage to their goal difference.
Sheffield Wednesday’s under-fire manager couldn’t hide from his disappointment after the game:
‘’They had the first five passes and that set the tone. ’We lost our personal battles and that was an important part of the game. We gave away free kicks, corners, and eventually they would find their range, which they did.’’
Former England manager Steve McClaren has had a good start back at his old club, and was clearly buoyed after his newest win at Pride Park:
‘’This was one of those happy Saturdays when everything you have done in the week works out the way you want it, there were times when it was simply beautiful to watch.’’
Derby, currently two points outside of the play-offs going into the next international break will have high aspirations of what their season could be, and the buzz around the club was epitomised by having legendary winger Stefano Eranio at the club, and during an interview he did over the course of the weekend the Italian admitted he could be around for a little longer yet:
‘’The last time I came I said I left a piece of my heart here. Now Steve McClaren, that I know him very well, so maybe, I don’t know in the future, I hope to have the chance to stay here a little bit longer.’’
The excitement of the interview was un-containable by fans over the internet, and on the 20th minute against Sheffield Wednesday the ground rose and celebrated the Italians return to Pride Park.
Being one of the few players that made his mark on the new stadium when they moved from the much-loved Baseball ground, his return would be the cherry on the cake in what looks to be an exciting project at Derby.
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