Derby County who are probably in the top twelve best supported clubs in the Football League were tonight knocked out by Crawley Town in the FA Cup. It is incredible and for the travelling fans frankly an embarrassment.
Where do Derby County go from here? They are one of the original clubs from the old Football League and they have won the Football League twice. They have incredible support from immensely loyal fans. This defeat will always be remembered by the fans. Nothing can erase this loss, it will always be remembered as something that could actually kill the club.
Nigel Clough has proven once and for all that owners cannot take untried managers from the lower leagues and turn them into winners. The owners of Derby County are not willing to spend money. They employed Nigel to cut costs and he has achieved that. The last manager to do that for Derby COunty was Tommy Docherty and we ended up in the nether regions of the Football League.
The fans deserve so much better! Nigel Clough is not his dad and can no longer trade on the name. His tactics are so wrong. He does it all the time. He never goes for a winning goal. He always tries to shut up shop and he hasn't signed the players who can achieve this. Tonight we could have won the game with a second striker and Nigel chickened out brought on yet another defender and as usual lost the match. I am personally sick of it!