Struggling Barnsley will be the second team from Yorkshire to take on The Rams at Pride Park in four days, after the narrow home defeat to Sheffield United. The Tykes are a different proposition, having taken only one point this season, a 2-2 draw away against Sheffield Wednesday on the season`s opening day, but with a manager who has already masterminded a win over Derby this season, Mark Robins, who watched over Rotherham United as the embarrassed the Rams in the Carling Cup, coupled with away Carling Cup victories of their own against Lincoln City and Reading, they will still fancy their chances of a first league win of the campaign. Nigel Clough`s side will be looking to put an end to a run of two losses with a win against a side they are certainly capable of beating.
Midfield ace Paul Green is looking to kick on after recovering from a foot injury which has proved problematic and has served to disrupt his season so far. ‘It has been a frustrating start to the season for me; my foot was sore but I wanted to play when I could,” Green told the official website, “I had injections for a number of the games but wasn’t right for a full 90 and couldn’t train during the week. Just to be back in full training with the rest of the lads will make a big difference to me and I’m sure with a few more games I will be back at a level I want to be at.” Having shown signs of his excellent first season with Derby against Sheffield United, this is welcome news indeed for the Rams faithful.
Meanwhile, Rams boss Nigel Clough wants to see silly defensive mistakes eradicated: ‘We [the staff] are losing our voices week in, week out, before and during games, telling the players not to give free kicks away, especially in the areas we did against Sheffield United,’ said Clough, speaking to the Derby Evening Telegraph, “Kris Commons did it at Forest and Shaun Barker against Sheffield United. It was an absolutely ludicrous free kick to give away.”
Derby County Team News:
There are no fresh injury concerns after the match on Saturday where it looked like full-back Dean Moxey could have been the victim of a nasty injury as he landed awkwardly. As it happens, he ran it off, and Paul Green`s successful return to fitness is an added bonus to Nigel Clough`s midfield. Long term injury victims, Chris Porter and Giles Barnes are still on the sidelines, and Luke Varney is still out on loan with Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Davies is on his way back to fitness after a leg injury and Dean Leacock is back to fitness after making a substitute appearance in the defeat to Sheffield United.
Player to watch: Stephen Pearson
Should Nigel Clough continue to play one up front against Barnsley, Pearson will need to be much closer to Hulse to provide him with the support he desperately needs. If he does this, he will prove dangerous.
Barnsley Team News:
Barnsley are going to be without their prize asset and Jamaican international winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who suffered an injury to the face after the ball struck him in their defeat at Watford. He is expected to be out for 10-14 days. Daniel Bogdanovic is expected to be out for a similar length of time, so attacking options are limited.
Player to watch: Iain Hume
Canadian forward Hume has returned from a horrendous head injury sustained against Sheffield United last season, and he has a real eye for goal as well as an industrious nature which sees him become a popular figure wherever he plays.
Match Facts & Stats
Last 5: Derby County
Sheffield United (h) 0-1
Nottingham Forest (a) 2-3
Plymouth Argyle (h) 2-1
Blackpool (a) 0-0
Scunthorpe United (a) 2-3
Last 5: Barnsley
Watford (a) 0-1
Reading (h) 1-3
Reading (a) 2-1
Leicester City (a) 0-1
Preston (h) 0-3
Crystal Palace vs. Derby County, Saturday 19 September 2009 15:00, The Coco-Cola Football League Championship