Amy Sims on Forest Win "All you could hear was ‘Derby! Derby!"
"People do say that the fans are the twelfth man, but today they were our eleventh, and whenever you stopped for a moment – all you could hear was ‘Derby! Derby!’”
Playing at home to Nottingham Forest is a game Amy Sims surely has circled on her calendar as soon as she hears, a Derby fan born and raised, she knows everything about what it means to play for the shirt.
In Sunday’s 1-0 win over the rivals in red where she captained the side, the defender was elated with the victory, and she spoke of relishing the opportunity to play in front of the fans at Pride Park. Sims said, “It’s amazing seeing all the young girls asking you for your signature and looking up to you.
“Hopefully they’ll see that, ‘Okay, the Derby Women’s have played a Pride Park – one day we can too!’ Even seeing all the boys coming down saying they’ve been to the men's games and wanting to come to the women's, its brilliant for the game overall.”
The win came after a difficult second-half where the home side were forced to play with ten players, but the resilience of the side was unquestionable and made the win even sweeter for Sims; “The way we won it, having to absolutely graft through that second half was great. If you had looked at it with a penalty and a player sent off, it's nervy, but luckily, she smashed it over the bar.
“You can’t fault the girls, they put in 100% work into it. Right from the start I felt we were very on it, working for every first ball, every second ball. I’m just absolutely buzzing with it,” she laughed.
After going the man down, on-field plans had to change, but the wingback felt the team played smart to take advantage of the situation. She let us in on the thinking in the minutes following, saying, “The was a little bit of a tweak of the formation because obviously you’re not going to be able to get the ball and try and play it around as much.
“It was about being clever, trying to limit them into the central areas, and when they got it out wide just ensuring they can’t make that cross into the box. If we limit their chances, when we win the ball back, we can try to get up the pitch.
“If we just kept the ball, try and run the clock down where needed, we might be able to nick a chance. We nearly did! But unfortunately, didn’t work, but we played really well.”
After taking home all three points, Amy Sims and Derby will look to carry on into the last three away games of the season to finish as best they can. The first matchup takes place next week, as the Ewe’s travel to AFC Fylde.
Article by University of Derby Football Journalism Student James McCormick