Nothing could go wrong could it? ……..But wrong was the only thing that the Rams could muster yesterday. The hunger, precise passing and determination seemed to have been drained from a team under the steely eyes of both Bloomer and Clough.
Steve Bloomer's watch the Rams faithful sing but there may well have a been a tear in the Rams legends eye at the end of this game.
It all started so well, the Rams new icon, The Steve Bloomer bust was unveiled by Andy Appleby the clubs owner, ably assisted by two of Bloomers Grandson's, Steve Richards and Alan Quantrill, with sculptor, Andrew Edwards, Plinth builder Ian Hodgkinson and project leader Ian Hayes helping with the unveil.
A carelessly lost ball in the centre of the field saw QPR race down the field and show the Rams how to finish.
The Rams not totally out of the game by this part of the game tried to rally and Kris Commons tried to show some of his obvious class on the ball, only for a miss placed pass or team mate unaware of his intentions to lose the ball again.
It wasn't long before QPR made the Rams pay again for laxness in and around the opponents half and their in ability to hold the ball and yet again a team steam rollers its way past a very ineffective Rams defence. Derby held out until the interval but a two goal deficit was too big a mountain for the Rams and despite glimpses of skill and a few chances it was never going to be their day.
Friday is the match that everyone wants to watch as the Brian Clough Trophy is on the line again as Derby take on Forest, with Nigel Clough managing the Rams, ex Rams boss Billy Davies brings Forest to Town and players on both sides with a point to prove against their former teams. It has all the ingredients for a classic game and of course the bragging rights for at least four weeks until the teams meet again at the City Ground.
It's going to be one hell of a week one way or another and lets hope and pray Nigel can get the team motivated and playing football to be proud of....