WARNOCK: WE’RE NOT A PANIC SIDE Re­sult at Burn­ley will put us right

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Gil­lot

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.

Frus­trated

“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.

Qual­i­ties

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.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

FIRST IN: Derby County’s Stephen Warnock beats Not­ting­ham For­est’s Ryan Men­des to the ball

EX­TENDED: Sam Vokes

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