WARNOCK: WE’RE NOT A PANIC SIDE Result at Burnley will put us right
DERBY are enduring their most testing spell of the season, but Stephen Warnock is adamant they are ready to rediscover the good times as early as tomorrow evening.
The Rams travel to Burnley seeking to end a four-match winless run in the league, while their most recent outing was a humbling 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Birmingham.
At the turn of the year, Paul Clement’s side had lost just twice in the league, but defeat at Turf Moor would see them slip behind the in-form Clarets and further from the top two.
However, full-back Warnock believes it is simply a confidence issue – something they can put right with a spirited display in East Lancashire.
“Confidence is a massive thing in football and we need to build ours back up,” he said.
“We’re frustrated because we know we’re better than we’ve shown in the last couple of games.
“We’re a team that’s capable of changing things quite quickly and I’m sure we’ll do that.
“It’s not a bad period because we’re third in the league and not far off second place. I think if you gave that to a lot of clubs in this league, they would be happy.
“There are a lot of games to play and a lot of points to be taken. We know we’re in an important part of the season now, when results need to be right, and we’ll work to put things right.”
The backbone of Derby’s pre-Christmas promotion charge was a solid platform at the back, with just 13 goals conceded in their first 23 league games of the campaign.
“We have built our foundations on a strong defence this season and we had one of the best defensive records in the division until just a couple of weeks ago,” said Warnock.
“We need to get back to that – and we’re working hard on the training ground to make that happen.”
This afternoon’s opponents, Burnley, lie just A point behind the Rams after picking up back-to-back wins on the road.
The goals are flowing, with 12 in their last four league games, and Warnock knows his side face a tough test of their promotion credentials.
“They will be high on confidence but we’ve got to match that with our work rate and show our ability and our qualities,” he added.
“People will probably have us as the underdogs, going into the game, but we know we are more than capable of getting a result there.
“Ideally, we’d have liked another game on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it has given us more time to get ready for the Burnley match.
“We know we can put things right – and we will.” season, we’ve been very good at Turf Moor and I think it’s a place teams don’t really like to come.
“I know that as a player who has come here with the opposition. It’s not a nice place to come, certainly when Burnley deliver what they do under the gaffer now.
“It’s Derby’s business to come to Turf Moor and turn in a performance, and no doubt they will. I think they’ve got some real quality players and we expect a tough game.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Burnley head into tomorrow night’s match boosted by the news that striker Sam Vokes has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 201819.
And forward George Green could also be in the squad after penning a six-month contract this week following his release from Oldham.
FIRST IN: Derby County’s Stephen Warnock beats Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Mendes to the ball
EXTENDED: Sam Vokes