04/05: Preview: Derby County
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"On the way home, we listened glumly to Arsenal fans on 606 snivelling about being stuffed by Inter. A single Derby fan interrupted to burble excitedly about the club's impending world domination. "The future's Ram!" he closed, almost beside himself. Ahhh, but the future what, exactly? We can only speculate."
How will they do?
Looked odds-on for the drop last season but escaped and should be a little more comfortable this time... although this alone is unlikely to satisfy Pride Park's support. Who have some way to go before living down that "3-0 in your cup final" twaddle, incidentally. Two decent signings in defence should make them harder to beat, and Tommy Smith has another chance to ignite his career. Mid-table.