PULIS’ SWITCH PAYS DIV­I­DENDS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FEW man­agers do sim­ple and ef­fec­tive bet­ter than Tony Pulis, but the Boro boss was guilty of over com­pli­cat­ing things here.

His three-man de­fence – or five, as it fre­quently be­came – was creakier than a rusty gate and just as likely to fall apart. Derby waltzed straight through at will and should have been out of sight af­ter 30 min­utes. Rarely can a Pulis side have looked such a mess at the back. Fair play to the Boro chief; he rec­og­nized the is­sues, changed the sys­tem and Derby were far less ef­fec­tive af­ter the break.

It is hard to ar­gue the equaliser was de­served, but the home side de­serve credit for stay­ing in the game. Derby were ex­cel­lent, their ad­ven­tur­ous mid­field a joy to watch and tes­ta­ment to Frank Lam­pard’s at­tack­ing in­tent.

As for Boro, their fans will tol­er­ate more in­dus­trial fare, but only if it brings vic­to­ries. With­out those, Pulis will start to feel the heat.

STAR MAN HARRY WIL­SON erby County

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