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Just looking at your Chelsea game coming up there shortly. Took me back to a couple of years ago when you guys were absolutely flying in the FA Cup. Howson, Beckford, Snoddie, etc on fire. One wonders just where you guys would have been now if you'd have bowed out in the early stages.
Anyway, Derby nowt--Leeds Utd 1
Al, you could well be right. Cup games were ‘earners’ for Bates; a side bar with no relevance to the integrity of the Leeds team, and just an opportunity to put Leeds’ talent in the shop window. As far as Leeds “flying in the FA Cup” and it affecting where we could be now is irrelevant – we are now exactly where Bates wanted us to be. With the changes at the club, the Chelsea game will be different, for Bates, but not necessarily for the club post-Bates. Anyway, that is not of immediate concern; Derby County v Leeds United is!
Probable team line-ups
Bayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts;
Bryson, Hughes, Coutts, Jacobs;
Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier;
Green, McCormack, Hall;
Derby is something of a hoodoo club for Leeds, winning the double over us last term. It has a good squad and is particularly strong when playing at Pride Park; having lost only once in its last five home games. Any Leeds supporter that thinks the Whiles will get a (recent) record breaking fourth straight win is deluded – but, hands up, I admit to being one of those deluded supporters!
Derby has strong attacking threats with Robinson, Sammon, and Tyson (if used from the bench) but its midfield is so-so and, if Leeds can win the midfield battles, Derby’s strikers won’t get a look in. This will leave The Rams to defend and with Hall (or Thomas) and Byram running at defenders, pulling its defence out of place; Green and McCormack working the channels, and Becchio hustling inside the box, I wouldn’t bet against Leeds scoring more than once.
However, Derby will be prepared to counter Leeds if Neil plays an unchanged side and that makes his (mind games?) comments about putting an, apparently, unfit Diouf on the bench to scare Huddersfield all the more significant – expect an unexpected line-up!
Derby 1-2 Leeds