If there’s one thing Aston Villa and its supporters must guard against at Wembley, it’s complacency based on earlier successes this season against Derby County. Villa’s combined score of beating Derby 7-0 over two games, came against a team missing key players in those games and also before the recent galvanisation under Frank Lampard.
Just as Villa’s 4-0 win at Villa Park over the Rams sparked an historic 10-game winning run for Dean Smith’s men, it also proved a catalyst for instant improvement for the Rams. In the 12 games that followed for Lampard’s men, they only lost one game (against Blackburn) and managed to outscore any other team in the Championship during that period (26 goals).
Derby proved again at Elland Road with four goals in the play-off second leg, that they now possess a real goal threat that Villa must be wary of.
While Derby may miss a talisman striker up front like Villa have in Tammy Abraham, their fluid midfield set-up of Wilson, Mount and Lawrence contributes goals across the board.
Like Villa, Derby also have a new number one in-between the sticks in Keller Roos, who has replaced Scott Carson in a similiar time period in which Jed Steer has come into the picture.
So, in Derby, Villa have opponents at Wembley that also have real momentum going into this play-off final; only Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United closed the final quarter of the season out in better form.
In the latest My Old Man Said podcast and final show before the Wembley showpiece, MOMS discusses in more detail the Rams’ improvement and the threat of Frank Lampard and his Derby County players to Aston Villa in the final.
In short, the full ramifications of what Villa are about to face at Wembley.
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Episode 75 Notes
It’s death or glory time for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa, as they stand one game away from a long-awaited return to the Premier League (three seasons has been too long). We’ve said everything there is to say about Villa, so David and Chris are joined by Max Stokes of Villa on Tour to discuss and analyse our Wembley opponents, Derby County. Or should that be ‘Frank Lampard’s Derby County’?
While most people in football have made Derby the under dogs, it’s a position they thrived upon in their dramatic semi-final win over Leeds, that carried on their momentum from a strong run at the end of the regular season.
The Rams are a team that Villa don’t really have any historic beef with, so both sets of supporters will be able to focus on what should be an open game of football to decide the final promotion spot.
We look at Derby’s key men, Frank Lampard’s time there and what we can expect from the team on the day.
Also, there’s a Derby-related Scott Hogan Touch Count Meter and MOMS helps Mr Stokes attend to some other business he currently has on-going.
People…let’s get ready to rumble at Wembley!
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