Derby County’s hopes of staying in the Championship are hanging by a thread after falling to a fourth successive league defeat last night.
The Rams lost 3-0 to Preston North End at Deepdale courtesy of goals from Ben Whiteman, Ched Evans and Ryan Ledson, producing another lacklustre performance.
Derby remain in 21st position in the Championship table, but Rotherham now have three games in hand and are only four points adrift of the Rams and safety.
To put it simply, Derby’s fate is no longer in their hands, and it all depends on whether Rotherham can pick up enough points from their games in hand and subsequently drag the Rams into the bottom three.
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On the other side of the A52, Nottingham Forest fans are watching their arch rivals struggle with a smirk on most of their faces.
There are some, though, who would feel a slight tinge of disappointment if the Rams did go down, as it would mean that there would be no East Midlands derby to look forward to.
Former Forest man and current Under-23s’ coach Andy Reid shares those sentiments, taking to Twitter to say that he “really hopes” the Rams don’t get relegated this term.
Derby in big trouble, really hope they don’t get relegated.
— Andy Reid (@AndyReidXI) April 20, 2021
A potential relegation for Derby is likely to split fans right down the middle.
There will be some who will absolutely love to see it, as the clubs possess a bitter rivalry and Forest have claimed bragging rights more often than not in recent years.
But ahead of fans returning to stadiums, you relish playing your local rivals in front of a sold out crowd, and fans will have missed that atmosphere this season.
If they go down, who knows when they will come back up?