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Marco Reich and Tom Huddlestone
Marco Reich and Tom Huddlestone

Derby County 3-2 Ipswich Town

Marco Reich was the two-goal hero as the Rams grabbed their first win of the season against Joe Royle's Ipswich Town at Pride Park.

Derby County v Ipswich Town
Derby County 3Ipswich Town 2
Reich 36
Idiakez 58
Reich 65
penalty: Miller 41
: Bowditch 43
Camp, Doyle, Johnson, Jackson, Huddlestone, Taylor, Bisgaard, Idiakez, Reich, Junior, Smith, SUBS: Grant, Mills, Bolder, Peschisolido, Tudgay
Davis, Dinning, Diallo, De Vos, Richards, Miller, Naylor, Horlock, Westlake, Bent, Bowditch, SUBS: Price, Wilnis, Counago, Barron, Kuqi
Official(s): R. Beeby
Attendance: 22,234

Match updates by Rams fan Sean Morris


Got a bad feeling about this one. It occurs to me that the Ipswich badge looks a little like a shire horse with a ball of wool under its foot. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, hope we win. Probably won't though.


Morten Bisgaard came close for Derby with some neat inter-play. I'm torn on whether this rather fey looking character will ever become a hero with the fans or if he'll suffer the same fate as other Scandinavian flops such as Martin Dahlin and that tubby guy who scored for Sweden against England but then looked rubbish when he came to Leeds. Can't remember his name. Can you? Email me at: if you can.

In the meantime, there seems to be an injury to last season's top scorer Ian Taylor. Oh no! I always think he looks like the life and soul of the party. I bet he dances round the changing rooms in a jocular manner before a game.


Goal for Derby! Marco Reich meets the ball at the far post to poke it home. Let's hope it cheers him up a bit after his hissy fit on Wednesday night. If he was on Big Brother, the tabloids would label him 'Moody Marco'.


Bad moments for poor old Nathan Doyle in only his second start for Derby County. First he gives away a penalty which Miller puts away for Ipswich, then he's caught out for the Tractor Boys' second goal, scored by young upstart Dean Bowditch. It's football's equivalent of crashing the whole computer system and then accidentally breaking your boss's arm on the first day of your new office job. At least Forest are losing too.


Nathan Doyle is seeing a lot of the ball in this second half, which is nice to see. Can't be easy for him - although I'm sure all the cash and adoration will help ease the pain. Junior is pulled off after not doing an awful lot and his replacement Marcus Tudgay explodes into the match with a great shot on goal. Radio Derby commentator Ross Fletcher knows it too and his excitement level goes through the roof when Inigo Idiakez slots home a sweet-as-apple-pie free-kick to bring the scores level. It was worth the admission price alone, goes the famous saying - well it was certainly worth a £23 seat in the cheap stand. Let's hope we can go on from here.


Radio Derby pundit Ted McMinn doesn't like the new name for the league divisions. "I'm going to keep calling it the Second Division until someone complains' he snorts indignantly. 'You'll get no complaints from me!' replies Ross Fletcher, whilst possibly gazing adoringly at the Tin Man.


GOAL FOR REICH! Moody Marco gets lucky with one of those crazy-ass cross-cum-shots which of course he'll claim he meant to do. The mood in the stadium is transformed as the Rams take the lead. But of course, any experienced Derby fan knows not to count their chickens before they're hatched - especially with our capacity for clown-like defending.


Malcolm Walker has emailed to tell me that the tubby Swede I was thinking of earlier was of course Tomas Brolin. Well luckily Morten Bisgaard can avoid comparisons with this real turkey of a signing because he's had a terrific game today and has been at the heart of most of Derby's good stuff. Good to see Okocha grab a couple of goals for Bolton too - he's the lynchpin of my Fantasy Football side.


3-2! What a great result! I'm as gleeful as one of those happy little dogs you see running about down at Elvaston Castle! Let's hope the season starts here!

last updated: 11/09/04
Have Your Say

Played ma main ma nathan ay played gr8 lol m8 c ya on monday if ya read this! lol

A sound performance, looks like we have some team spirit and are playing to a system that suits our players.Winning Oooh suits you Ram sirs
Pete V

we did it we bagged the first win of the was a exciting game with nathan doyel havin a lot of the ball keep the run going lads and lets beat QPR next week . COME ON YOU RAMS!!!!!!

QPR is the big one as back to back wins would work wonders.

Excellent performance by the players, (minus Junior). Lets see the manager give his best performance by picking the right side for next week.

Nice one Nathan. Keep it up!

Just logged on (5.05) expecting to groan after another defeat (Saw the half-time score, & SORRY, I've been a Derby fan for many years now) But.... NO!! We've done it! come on you rams, lets continue like this for the rest of the season. (But with a few less high blood pressure moments, please)
Bev Longhurst

Brilliant and about time!! Well done Rams, let's keep it going and thrash QPR next week!

come on! lets not suffer the curse of burley!

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