PULIS’ SWITCH PAYS DIVIDENDS
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