Yes, I know we're at home but I couldn't pilfer an image from the internet the right way round and lack the technical skills to mock one up myself... Welcome to the wfcforums, a cheery place where the fanbase is united and really enjoying the season! What a difference a couple of weeks makes... this place was almost universally despondent until Xisco shuffled the pack and the team finally began playing like we'd all hoped they would this season. A barnstorming 6-0 and a gritty 1-0 might not seem that similar on the face of it but the common theme was moving the ball from back to front through the midfield, a complete contrast to what came before. Whether by luck or very underrated judgement, Xisco seems to have found a formula that works for this group of players. 'One day I will banter off a whole fanbase of an obscure Championship club by making the team play a dysfunctional long ball 4-4-2 then... Boom! Vamos arriba! Xiscoball!' Will Hughes is a player reborn, finally fit and operating with Premier League class in the chaotic Championship. For the first half of the season, the centre backs would pass the ball to the midfielders, who would then pop it straight back to them to go long. Hughes as the deepest player of the midfield three completely changes this. All of a sudden, the ball is being progressed along the floor. Hughes should be fired up for this game against his boyhood club who he made a phenomenal 180+ appearances for by the time he turned 22. Cleverley's industry now has a purpose in a midfield three, snapping into tackles and breaking up play. In a two, he was still running around but more often than not watching the opposition pop the ball around him as he was outnumbered. And when he got it, there were no options other than the long loopy ball in the direction of Deeney. As for Deeney, who knows what would have happened if he hadn't picked up whatever these mysterious knocks are? And a further question arises for the club after the suggestion that he'd been playing with injuries again, as if they hadn't learned the lesson from relegation last season. But anyway, the change has been made and it's up to the other players now to make any return to 4-4-2 an impossibility. On to the opposition. Wayne Rooney's Derby have taken over the mantle of Frank Lampard's Derby. A once proud football club boiled down in the media to a managerial nursery for one of England's trophy-less Golden Generation underachievers. Rooney's signing as a player seemed a bit of a gimmick and he played most of the games as a defensive midfielder, a kind of poor man's Will Hughes. Wazza must sometimes wonder about the talent he squandered as he was all but finished as a player by his early 30s in an age where top players are playing longer and longer. Still, when have Ronaldo or Messi ever been knocked out in their own kitchen by Phil Barsdley? Swings and roundabouts. Head coach of Rooney FC, this week they're playing away at Deeney FC © The Media Derby have pulled away from the relegation zone in recent weeks, with an impressive four wins in the last five. They have a genuinely bizarre squad consisting of lots of very young players with a whole bunch of journeymen sprinkled on top. No idea what to make of it really but fair play to Rooney for getting a tune out of squad containing Curtis Davies, Craig Forsyth, Colin Kazim-Richards, Jordon Ibe and Martyn Waghorn. There's not many goals in their squad and they are joint lowest scorers with Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday with only 21 goals so far this season. Top scorer is Colin Kazim-Richards, fresh back in the Football League after a peripatetic trawl through Turkey, Netherlands, Scotland, Brazil and Mexico. It's somewhat of a renaissance for K-R as he needs one more goal to make this the second most prolific season in his career. The last time we played Derby on a Friday night, the Hornets put in an excellent performance to pull off a 2-2 draw after Marco Motta was sent off just before half time. The match is most remembered for that pass from Guedioura. A similar performance but keeping all the players on the pitch and bagging three points would be much appreciated. COYH!