Derby County’s excellent season kicked on with a hard earned win against Bournemouth at the iPro. Derby are now unbeaten since their 4-1 humbling by Leicester City back on the 10th of January. They currently hold a strong position in the table, sitting two points behind 2nd and five points ahead of 4th position. But can Derby keep this going and gain an automatic promotion place come the end of their season.
Their current crop of players and the management team certainly seem to suggest they can. Chris Martin is currently sat on a more than respectable 18 goals for the season, add this to Craig Brysons contribution of 12 goals and it appears they have very few problems in this department. They have created an air of youth this season with the likes of Andre Wisdom and Will Hughes as well as several other players, this has led to a high energy style of football that seems to be winning the day.
Despite this they are 14th in the championship for keeping clean sheets. But with a healthy goal difference of 20, a ‘score more goals than the other team’ approach appears to have been taken. If they were to gain promotion this style won’t be easily transfered to the premier league, as we have seen in the past with teams like Ian Holloway’s Blackpool.
When you cast an eye forward to Derby’s coming fixtures they have massive game this coming weekend against Burnley who currently sit two points above them in the table. Derby however have the second best away form in the league sitting only behind league leaders Leicester. Burnley do have a good record in previous league meetings with Derby, however this season the team is an all together different beast. I can’t help but think if Derby win this they can start to believe they can beat the other teams to the coveted automatic promotion spot.