Derby County manager Gary Rowett has admitted that his side’s form has not been good enough lately, admitting he hopes the local derby with rivals Forest can be a catalyst to breathe life back into the Rams’ campaign with only 10 games remaining.
In a report by BT Sport via Rams TV, Rowett admitted that his team ‘needs to win games’ despite only losing two in their last 17 outings, and insists tomorrow’s local derby with Forest can be the game to get his side back in the groove.
“We need to show spirit when we haven’t got the ball, we need the energy and drive that the fans want to see in a local derby, but we’ve also got to make sure that the game and our recent form doesn’t stop us from playing with confidence when we attack.
“It’s a good moment in the season to play the game because the players shouldn’t need any motivation.” added Rowett.
Derby have seen their hopes of automatic promotion slip away once again, and will be keen to ensure they at least secure a playoff berth. However, with a chasing pack including the likes of Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, Rowett will no doubt be aware he can take nothing for granted.
The Rams beat Forest last time out when Matej Vydra led them to the three points at Pride Park, and they will be hoping for a repeat showing at the City Ground tomorrow.
Rams fans, what do you think? Can you get back to winning ways tomorrow? Let us know!