Halfway to Wembley

The first leg’s are over and I got things half right. Derby turned in a strong away performance to come away from St. Mary’s with a 2-1 lead. There should be no huge surprise as Derby’s away record was outstanding (12W-3D-8L). There is a highlights package on YouTube but be warned that the sound quality is not the best. Steve Howard scored both goals for Derby, including one from the penalty spot. Compounding the problems for Southampton are injuries to defender Gareth Bale (ankle) and striker Kenwyne Jones (groin), both are likely to miss Tuesday’s second leg at Pride Park. Derby are hoping to have Paul Pechisolido and Morten Bisgaard available for the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. They had hoped to be ready for Saturday but were regain full fitness in time.

West Brom’s attack depth saw them through to a 3-2 win in the 1st leg with two goals coming from veteran Kevin Phillips. Wolves were obviously missing goalkeeper Matt Murray who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his shoulder in training prior to the 1st leg. His replacement, 20-year old Wayne Hennessey, looked nervous after conceding and how he responds in the second leg might be a deciding factor.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →

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