Derby take on Preston from the Championship on Tuesday night with Paul Clement looking to stop a poor run of form (KO 19:45).
Four defeats in their last six games have seen the side slip from one time automatic promotion hopefuls to playoff contenders, and Rams fans will be hoping they can re discover their early season form.
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The FA Cup provided no respite on the weekend, with Manchester Utd romping to a 3-1 victory, which will have done nothing to lighten the mood around the camp.
Manager Paul Clement however, was eager to take the positives from the match, telling the Official Derby website:
They kept going right until the end and we came up against a very good Manchester United side.
“I know there has been criticism thrown their way but they took control of the game with the ball.
“They made it difficult for us to pressurise them by getting so many players between the lines behind our midfield, particularly Mata who caused us lots of problems.
“They showed great quality in the attacking third; the individualism of Martial and Rooney’s movement.
“They were clinical and deserved to win – but that said we did a lot of good things and gave them a good game.”
The Rams have also brought in Sweden international defender Marcus Olsson from Blackburn Rovers, according to the Derby BBC.co.uk Website
Preston themselves have seen an upsurge in form, with Simon Grayson’s side moving in the right direction, however a 3-1 home defeat to Brentford in their last game will be seen as something of a blip on their development.
Simon Grayson though is positive the Lilywhites can get something from the game, and is hopeful of the side putting in a shift, telling the official Preston Website:
“I think the break has been good for us. We have played a lot of football over the last few weeks and months and so a breather has allowed a few players to get back fit.“Tom Clarke will be available for the game and a few others have had a chance to re-charge the batteries as well as get some training under their belts.“When we knew the game would be off we made a conscious effort to get it rearranged as quickly as possible and both parties were receptive to doing that and so we will play on Tuesday.”
It should prove to be a difficult game for Derby, who are trying to turn their season around. The match kicks off at 19:45.