Fleetwood Town face Derby County on Saturday 19 August at Pride Park in Sky Bet League One and in this preview we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in Derbyshire.
Fixture: Derby County vs Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Venue: Pride Park
The Cods travel to Derbyshire on Saturday afternoon as they take on Derby County in match week four of Sky Bet League One action.
Fleetwood - who lost to 3-1 away to Bolton Wanderers on the Tuesday gone - had their backs against the wall from the fifth minute at the ToughSheet Community Stadium as they were 1-0 down from a Victor Adeboyejo goal – Adeboyejo then scored two more within 30 minutes which left Fleetwood 3 down in the first-half. A consolation goal by Josh Earl with a few minutes to go was Town’s only goal of the night – leaving Bolton empty-handed and a response needed on the weekend.
Fleetwood are looking to replicate last years’ victory at Pride Park in a bid to improve the start to this season’s campaign as they look for their first three points of the season. It’s been a slow start so far for Town with only one point on the board out of a possible nine. Results haven’t gone the way Town want, but looking back on Fleetwood’s memorable meeting with The Rams last campaign, a similar result would be ideal to get a spring in Town’s step.
Scott Brown and his men are aware that results needs to change, but if they have taken maximum points from Pride Park before, Brown hopes it’s possible again. Brown knows the players need to react to their surroundings and is ready to start taking three points from teams to get some momentum going.
Saturday’s hosts Derby County have started their campaign with mixed emotions, a 2-1 loss to Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the season was responded to by a 3-0 win away at Burton Albion, but last time out Paul Warne’s men got silenced at home 2-1 by Oxford United – Martyn Waghorn’s consolation goal with three minutes to go didn’t make any difference to who took full-points out of that game in the end as the Rams are still looking for their first positive result at home this campaign.
With being one point off a Play-Off position last season, the Rams are looking to be in the Play-Off places again this year, or one better in the automatic spots – a slow start however, makes that task a little more challenging if they don’t start to pick up points to climb the Sky Bet League One table; Derby’s mix of youth and experience is what head coach Paul Warne is hoping will get the best out of his squad to achieve their aims this season – a win and a clean-sheet under the Rams’ belt does bear better viewing then the Cods start this season, though.
With 25,292 in attendance at Pride Park to watch Derby lose 2-1 to Oxford on Tuesday, an attendance that is similar to the whole population of Fleetwood itself, Derby will be hoping for a similar turnout with fans hoping they can get their first home win this season – Town are unbeaten against Derby though in competitive meetings and will take that in their stride to keep that record going.
LAST TIME THE TWO SIDES MET
Derby County 0-2 Fleetwood Town
With Fleetwood’s first time playing away at Pride Park, it was the Cods who came out victorious thanks to a spectacular volley 25 yards out from Jayden Stockley which was deflected into his own net by Joe Wildsmith and a calm, slotted finish after some impressive solo work from Carlos Mendes-Gomes on the half hour mark meant the Cods took maximum points to Lancashire.
Venue: Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL
IFOLLOW DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)
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WHAT SCOTT BROWN HAD TO SAY
“We’ve watched the game back from last season and have an understanding of how we played. They’ve changed up a bit since then as they’ve moved to a back three. As I always say, it’s all about us, it’s about following our game plan and if the lads switch on and follow it for 90 minutes, we do well and did that often-last season.
“We’ve started sloppy, so we need to get back up. That’s the good thing about football, there’s always another game on Saturday and we need to make sure we get our heads around it. We’re going away to Derby, which is going to be a tough game in a big stadium, and we need to make sure we turn up and defend as a unit.
“You’ve got to try and quieten the crowd, as they have a huge fanbase, so there are no excuses for us. We need to turn up and compete for the ball when we can, and when we create chances, we need to put the ball in the back of the net but also focus on the work needed at the back – we can win games 1-0.”
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