Q&A With Derby County

  • September 26, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 126th meeting between Bolton and Derby County, we have got the views of a Rams supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-1 League Cup defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night, while Derby were 2-0 winners over Reading the previous evening.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Nick Webster (@dcfc_flagman) - a 31-year-old Derby supporter who was named Championship Fan of the Year in 2013 and is a campaigner for safe standing in football stadiums. Nick holds both a home and away season ticket for County and may be visible at Macron Stadium this weekend, sporting a giant flag that often travels around the country.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Nick shares his views on Derby's chances of winning automatic promotion, Jordon Ibe's move to the iPro Stadium and why Joe Mason could provide a repeat performance of his hat-trick heroics against Rotherham United.

Q: With just one defeat in their opening eight league games and a place in the last 16 of the League Cup secured, it has been a good start for Derby. After play-off disappointment last season, what is the target for the end of this campaign?

A: I think after last season's play-off defeat and the rise in expectation around Derby, within the fans and also the club, the minimum has to be a play-off place again, with the expectation of winning automatic promotion.

Q: The dismissal of Nigel Clough came as a surprise to many outside of Derby last season, but the decision appears to have been justified with the progression made under Steve McClaren. What are your thoughts on both managers and the jobs they did/have done at the iPro Stadium?

A: Having personally known Nigel Clough in his capacity as manager at Derby, I have a lot of time for the job he did at the club.

In my opinion, he stabilised us as a club following poor decisions in the appointment of Paul Jewell and the rising wage bill. Clearly, results didn't go our way at the start of last season and Steve McClaren was welcomed home.

It's fair to say the decision has been justified, with our unbeaten run and also our home record of only two defeats in 19 games at the iPro.

From when he took over, being play-off finalists last season also justifies the decision.

Q: Jordon Ibe was heavily linked with a loan move to Bolton in the summer, but eventually signed for Derby. What is the early consensus from the Rams supporters?

A: I am simply going to say - Jordon Ibe needs to behave and is very naughty!

This lad is going far in football and we are very lucky to have him. His skill, pace and creativity in attack is somewhat scary.

I hear Liverpool rate him more than they did Raheem Sterling. This lad has a very bright future and hopefully his development can continue at Derby.

Q: Aside from Ibe, Jamie Ward and Chris Martin have started the season with their shooting boots on. Who is likely to cause the biggest threat to Wanderers' hopes of taking three points on Saturday?

A: I will be completely honest and say anyone within our team. Whether it be the full-backs - Cyrus Christie and Craig Forsyth - or Richard Keogh bursting through the middle from centre back, teams are fearing playing us and I can honestly see why.

Craig Bryson and Will Hughes in the middle, with either our legend John Eustace or Real Madrid youth graduate Omar Mascarall will pass the ball to death and play some silky football.

Q: On the flip side, Bolton are still trying to find their feet following a poor start. Which Wanderers players is likely to ask questions of the Derby defence?

A: Joe Mason seems to have started brightly and with the link up with Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford, this could pose a problem.

Pace at the back is not our strong point.

Q: Finally, there have been four draws in the last six meetings between the two sides. Can Derby claim a first win over Bolton since 2002, or will home advantage help Dougie Freedman's men to victory - what is your score prediction?

A: If Derby are serious about promotion, we have to be winning games away from home to go with our strong form at the iPro.

We had a slow start to the season, but these last few games have seen Derby come back and be the team we saw do so well last season.

I fear for Bolton and am predicting a 3-1 Derby win.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Nick for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @dcfc_flagman.

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