Behind Enemy Lines: Derby County

AFTER the announcement of two signings on Monday, including the return of legend Tim Cahill, Millwall will head into this fixture against Derby with a spring in their step.

Cahill will be at The Den but won’t feature, while the Lions will be without Jason Shackell, Byron Webster and Aiden O’Brien.

Derby are currently second in the Championship, with this side so far showing few signs they are about to let up in the promotion chase.

Gary Rowett is making a name for himself as one of the best managers outside of the Premier League, and Derby may struggle to keep hold of him if they do fail to reach the promised land.

Lucas Ball spoke to Rams fan Adam Barrett ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Twitter: @RamDerby

Why do you support Derby?

Since I was taken to a game at the age of six with my dad I have been hooked. It adds an extra edge living in Nottingham as I am behind enemy lines being a Derby fan.

What’s been your best season following the Rams?

Good seasons have been few and far between as a Derby supporter over the years. However, on a personal level, the 2004-05 play-off campaign with George Burley will always hold significance to me.

What’s different about this side in comparison to recent years where Derby have failed to push on?

The key differences this season compared to the previous few are: a key change in formation, a plan B and some real quality and experience in Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone and Joe Ledley.

Are you hoping for any signings in the last few days of the transfer window?

With the recent news of Johnny Russell asking for a move to MLS, the need for a winger is even more apparent than it what is was before. We need a winger or two to keep the promotion push going.

Who are Rowett’s danger men going to be at Then Den?

The majority of our attacking threat goes through Matej Vydra who has been on fire this season. If Millwall keep him quiet, then Sam Winnall or David Nugent when they’re on form can produce a goal or two.

At the back, goalkeeper Scott Carson has been producing 9/10 performances consistently this season and Davies is safely one of the best centre-backs in the division.

Likewise, which of Neil Harris’ team will Derby be be wary of?

I am a fan of Steve Morison and his rough style of play.

Depending if he plays, the Cahill returning factor could add an extra 10 per cent to Millwall’s performance.

What’s your predicted Derby starting XI and formation?



Wisdom Keogh Davies Forsyth

Huddlestone Ledley

Lawrence Vydra Weimann


Finally, a score prediction?

Millwall 1-1 Derby

The Den is a tough place to go so I’m not extremely confident of a win but it is certainly possible if the performance is professional.