DERBY COUNTY - BLACKPOOL
I feel sure that County have appointed the right man in Nigel Clough, the early signs are incredibly good, he has a reasonable squad at his disposal and they will be big contenders in the Championship next season.
Currently they sit just three points outside the drop zone and Clough is looking to book the five wins that will secure their safety asap and then start building for the next campaign. They have a series of tough fixtures coming up, starting with yer another derby meeting with Forest at the weekend, so a win tonight will do very nicely, thank you. Since losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford, in his first game in charge, his side have drawn at Forest, completely outplayed highflying Birmingham, yet lost 1-0 and then scored 8 in three consecutive wins, with Rob Hulse notching half of them, before losing to United again, this time in the FA Cup. No shame in that of course and County could take much out of their performance.
They are a better team than Blackpool, who have done well on limited resources, after losing their manager and being hard hit by injuries, but have really ridden their luck recently and I am sure that is about to catch up with them. They collected four points from their last two away starts at Ipswich and Palace, but were under pressure almost the entire game on both occasions, Town for instance had 62% possession and won the attempts on goal count 12-2. There are only so many times that you can register a single shot on target and score from it ! Pool will again come under a lot of pressure tonight and I an firmly with the host team and will also take a little on Hulse to continue his run in the Championship games.
6 points Derby -1/2 ball 1.83 general quote.
2 points Hulse to score at anytime 2.625 Paddy Power/ Sky Bet.Back later.