All posts tagged with: Jason Shackell

Leeds 1-0 Derby: Four Things We Learnt

Chris Wood’s first half header saw Leeds United cap a dominant display with a 1-0 win over Derby County. But what have we learnt from the game? Superior pressing was the key While Derby would struggle to get three players into the opposing half when they pressed centre-backs Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling, Leeds often… Read more →

Unsung Hero of the Month: Alex Pearce

Last season was a challenging one for Alex Pearce. Without the say-so of incoming head coach Paul Clement, the board signed the centre-back in June 2015, handing him a three-year deal. Clement did not see the ex-Reading man to be better than counterparts Richard Keogh or Jason Shackell, having had more influence over the latter’s arrival.… Read more →

Battling Burton beat sluggish Rams

Jackson Irvine’s first half header gave Burton Albion a 1-0 win in their first ever league game against Derby County. The local visitors had by far the more expensively-assembled squad, but their players showed a lack of bravery and desire, qualities shown in abundance from the hosts. Early on, Burton allowed Jason Shackell and Richard… Read more →

Burnley Season Preview: signings needed

Burnley won the Championship title last season, but optimism gained from that 23 game unbeaten run has not quite sustained itself throughout the summer. With Joey Barton departing for Rangers and no high-profile additions, Burnley’s current squad has arguably been weakened. Do they have enough to beat the drop? The Football Lab gets the views of… Read more →

The Burnley View: Clarets lead the way

Burnley find themselves in a commanding position in the Championship promotion race. Why are they performing so well? Who is their star man? Where can they improve? Will they go up? Answering all these questions, and more, is Clarets fan Jamie Smith (@JamieSmiff). Have a look at Jamie’s podcast for all opinions on Burnley No Nay Never (@NoNayNeverNet). Burnley… Read more →

Championship Preview: Gameweek 5

Here are The Football Lab’s predictions for 2 of the weekend’s games in the Championship. Derby County host rivals Leeds United as both teams look for their first win of the season (and to avoid a first defeat), while MK Dons aim for a third league victory against Birmingham City, who have not lost a… Read more →