Derby should be smashing us with their options but we held our own against Boro and we we're very unlucky to lose to Ipswich. Tough run of games but it would be deflating to lose 3 in a row. A point wouldn't be a bad result.
Not sure how we will line-up, hopefully Cunningham has recovered over the break and I can only see one of May or Doyle starting, probably May considering he's the permanent addition. Dropping Garner isn't an option for me.
Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Cunningham
Humphrey, Gallagher, Johnson
To be fair he's played all games in pre season and league fixtures so far this season but suffered a calf strain against Leeds. Being out so long means we've got to be careful and we would have if we were not down to the bare bones in midfield squad members! Soon as Bryson is back I imagine we may rest him a few games just so his body gets used to football again.
Thought it was a pretty even but dull game, shite defending for both their goals, letting Johnny Russell get the run on us both times, the ball in for that first one should have been dealt with by Huntington or Wright too. Russell was the difference between the two sides imo, best opposition player i've seen at Deepdale in ages. Tom Ince was shite as expected.
Could have easily levelled it in the second half when Garner did everything right and his volley hit the inside of the post and bounced into the keepers arms and then Doyle forced Grant into a class save to his bottom left. The long stoppage for Baird's head injury wasn't helpful as Derby were starting to look shaky.
Johnson had a great game and deserved his goal, need to get this guy's contract extended asap. May and Doyle both looked lively when they came on too, liked what I saw, i'd like to see them both start alongside Garner on Tuesday. We could really do with winning that.