Plenty of Derby County fans have given their opinion on whether Jack Marriott should start against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Tuesday evening’s defeat to Queens Park Rangers saw Derby fail to continue their good form of 2020 – and move 11 points off sixth placed Preston North End.
Having suffered inconsistent form over the first six months of the season, Cocu’s side had dramatically improved of late, moving up the Championship table in the process.
Facing a QPR side full with attacking talent, Cocu opted to make a couple of changes to his starting eleven and perhaps the most interesting – was a start for Marriott, who has been used mainly as a substitute this term.
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Falling behind to a goal from QPR central defender Grant Hall, Cocu’s side did get themselves back on level terms as Martyn Waghorn struck just before half time.
Despite a fairly even second half, Derby allowed the home side to grab a winner when Ilias Chair struck with 15 minutes remaining on the clock.
Following the defeat, fans of the Rams took to social media to share their views on the inclusion of Marriott, who has scored just twice in 27 appearances.
With focus on Saturday’s game with Wednesday now on Cocu’s shoulders, those fans have debated whether or not the former Peteborough man should start the game.
Football League World’s Ben Crump asked: “No goals for Jack Marriott last night, but do you think he did enough to keep his place v Sheffield Wednesday?” via Facebook page DCFC – ITS IN OUR DNA, and here are some of the replies…
Kieran Padgett: Yes he did to be fair the man’s work rate is 2nd to non he clearly enjoys playing for the club and gives it everything
Shane Davies: Didn’t get the service
Peter Mosley: Overrated
Steve Rodgers: Along side Martin
Colin Leddington: Ran his socks off, chasing lost causes, not his fault, no one to give him the service he deserves. Need quality midfielders like last season to provide the service, then we will see the real JM,
Michael Hackett: No them who was watching the game want to specsavers
Paul Brookes: Top draw striker but without service what’s he supposed to do?
Ian Robinson: He didn’t get the service – and I’m not sure he’s fit / or wants to be with us . So no CM
Basil Parker: No service
Steve ‘Spike’ Hibbert: Didn’t get much service last night. So can’t really be blamed for much
Rob Rooney: No. He was on the end of a long ball, close in, in first half and put it over. Difficult chance. He played one beautiful ball to someone but apart from that, was chasing scraps. Either he’s not as good as he looked last year or he’s not fit or the team shape isn’t right for him.
Matthew Tully: He needs a run of games to find any consistency. Otherwise he’s wasted on us.
Andy Oates: Either give him a run of games or don’t play him