Championship preview: Derby boss insists Rams have to move on from Forest loss

Derby Striker Darren Bent

Derby Striker Darren Bent - Credit: Gregg Brown

Paul Clement insists Derby have got the defeat to east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest out of their system and feel positive heading into a run of tricky fixtures.

The Rams’ 10-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship, which included eight wins, ended just before the international break with a surprise defeat at the City Ground as Forest won for the first time in nine matches.

Derby have had two weeks to mull over the 1-0 loss but head coach Clement was quick to ensure they did not dwell on the result and is looking forward to the forthcoming games against some of the Rams’ fellow promotion hopefuls, beginning with Cardiff today.

“We had a disappointing result before the international break but we’ve reflected on it now and put it to bed as a group,” said Clement. “We went through the video with a positive spin on it, looking at the things that we did very well leading into the game at Forest. We want to get back to that sort of standard straight away.”

There is a Yorkshire derby with a little added spice at Elland Road as Leeds host Rotherham, with respective managers Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn facing the clubs they recently left. Redfearn summed up the situation well by saying: “It’s an odd feeling. I’ll be playing with what was pretty much his squad and he is playing with what was my squad.”

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Back-to-back wins under Evans have seen Leeds move away from the bottom three but Rotherham are rooted to the foot of the table and Redfearn is still looking for his first win since taking over at the start of October.

It could be an interesting afternoon for Steve Clarke at the Madejski Stadium as he takes charge of Reading for the first time since asking to speak to Fulham about their managerial vacancy. After seeing if Fulham “could offer something better”, Clarke decided on Thursday that “Reading was by far the best option”. He will be desperate to make a start on appeasing the club’s supporters by ending a five-game winless run with victory against Bolton, who have not won in 10 matches.

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Meanwhile, Alan Curbishley will be in charge of Fulham for their trip to MK Dons.

Another Yorkshire derby sees Sheffield Wednesday host Huddersfield, who will have David Wagner in charge for the first time at Hillsborough, while new Blackburn boss Paul Lambert’s first assignment is a trip to Deepdale to face Lancashire rivals Preston.

Top-of-the-table Hull will be looking to extend their 10-game unbeaten run in the league with a fifth-straight win when they travel to improving Bristol City while Forest travel to Brentford.

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