Q&A With Derby County

  • February 06, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton meet Derby County for the 127th time on Saturday and, ahead of the game, we have got the views of Rams supporter Nick Webster.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night, while Derby have had a week to recover since winning 2-0 at Cardiff City last weekend.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Nick (@dcfc_flagman) shares his views on County's hopes of living up to their pre-season tag of promotion favourites, memories of Dean Moxey and Barry Bannan's respective time at the iPro Stadium, as well as what Wanderers are capable of achieving under the management of Neil Lennon.

Q: Derby have lived up to their tag as one of the pre-season favourites to win promotion to the Premier League. They go into the weekend games with just goal difference keeping them off top spot. Is this the year the Rams return to the top-flight?

A: Yes, I believe this will be the year Derby go up after years of hard work and graft.

The lads, fans and everyone associated with Derby last season were so gutted after the Wembley play-off final, that the desire and belief is there to kick us on this season.

Q: Steve McClaren has been linked with a number of vacant posts in recent months. If he fails to achieve promotion in May, what will the future hold for the former England boss?

A: Yes, there will be a concern with Stevie Mac come end of season should we not make it.

All the players and coaching staff signed new contracts in the summer, with this year being the year we do it.

If we don't go up, it will be seen as an unsuccessful season and maybe the likes of Newcastle United will also see this - so it's hard to call or judge at this time. Anyway, we believe so let's not think about it!

Q: Chris Martin has been in superb form this season, netting 19 times in 35 appearances, while the recent loan signing of Darren Bent is sure to add extra numbers to the goals scored column. Who else has stood out since August?

A: Will Hughes has shone big time, so far this season. His game has matured and his once potential is now showing clearly.

Omar Mascarell has also started to show his class, since settling in from Real Madrid. Lee Grant has also been on top form this season and produced some Man of the Match performances. He is an early contender for Player of the Year amongst the fans.

Q: Former Rams players Dean Moxey and Barry Bannan are currently on the books with Wanderers. What memories do you have of their time at Pride Park?

A: Memories of Dean Moxey at Derby were that he never really showed his true potential. He was a cracking lad but we wanted to see more of him.

As for Bannan, he was a small skilled midfielder. Whether I could see him getting in our strong midfield now would be doubtful. He was a good player though, who had a good spell at Derby.

Q: Since Neil Lennon was appointed manager at Macron Stadium last October, Bolton have recovered from a disappointing start to climb their way up towards mid-table. How do you see the rest of the campaign panning out for us and is Lennon a man capable of taking Wanderers back to the Premier League?

A: Having watched Bolton against Liverpool on Wednesday night, I was impressed with the attacking flair in Eidur Gudjohnsen and that of the young lads in Zach Clough and Josh Vela.

You don't seem to be too far off being a successful, maybe promotion-winning, team.

As for Lennon, he is still learning the English game and next season I can sense a play-off promotion push will be the expectation should you continue to finish strongly this season.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: 2-1 Derby. I think it will be a closer game than what I had previously thought, after the Liverpool game.

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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