EVEN PEP COULDN’T GET FOR­EST FIR­ING...

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

YOU can change the man­ager but you can’t change the prob­lems. For­est could put Pep Guardi­ola in the dugout and they’d still be as threat­en­ing as a Bud­dhist monk.

Shorn of strik­ers and banned from buy­ing any, the Reds can’t even cre­ate chances, let alone score a goal. They didn’t even muster a shot on tar­get un­til stop­page time.

If chair­man Fawaz Al-Ha­sawi thinks sack­ing Freed­man will solve that, he’s even more de­luded than we thought. The Scot knew his task was keep­ing For­est out of the mire – on this ev­i­dence, his un­grate­ful boss could yet come to re­gret a patently un­just de­ci­sion.

For­est’s lack of men­ace was just what the doc­tor or­dered for a Derby side bereft of form and hu­mil­i­ated by last week’s col­lapse at Rother­ham.

For Dar­ren Was­sall and high-pro­file side­kick Harry Red­knapp, the trick is en­sur­ing a con­fi­dence boost­ing win isn’t yet an­other false dawn. With the play-offs on the hori­zon, the Rams need a run of re­sults to stave off their inherent fragility.

STAR MAN MICHA MANC EL

IENNE Nottm

For­est

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