05/06: Preview: Derby County
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"The goal gave Derby a little renewed vigour with which to begin the second half. The first half sunshine had symbolically given way to a steady downpour of grimy northern rain, while the home side had clearly found a few dozen kitchen sinks in their dressing room, which they proceeded to chuck at Watford. Smith was to the fore, and gave one of the most convincing displays I've ever seen from him as he and Rasiak gave us plenty to think about. ."
How will they do?
Difficult to call. Were one of our most impressive opponents last season and were well worth their play-off spot; Huddlestone has finally moved to Spurs, but otherwise the squad is intact at the time of writing. However the managerial discontinuity could be disruptive; Phil Brown's been around for a while, but has an abrasive reputation. Summer investment has been modest but the team Burley left is good enough to achieve a play-off place; top half, at any rate.