The frustration here was that after a distinctly tentative opening ten minutes in which we might’ve shot ourselves in the foot before Leicester had the chance to do the job themselves, we turned to face our opponents and return their sneers and snarls with interest. We didn’t lose the battle, we just lost the game…and, perhaps, the result reflected the league positions fairly accurately in that respect. Somehow, Leicester have a ruthless, guiltless edge that we lack. Somehow, I’m not sure that I regret that at all.
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BSAD report: Derby’s attacks, when they came, were based largely on the pace of their two wide strikers. Morris, however, was largely subdued by Doyley in the first forty-five who covered his man reasonably well. Christie, on the other side, was most effective in drawing a couple of significant bookings. No Spotters’ Badges for guessing the culprits… Robinson first, for an unnecessary and costly hack, and The Jamie Hand Booking second, for a tug as the England U21 striker threatened to escape. Both of our aggressors’ contributions were restricted from then on.