The Rams travel to Wales in a bid to end their long winless run on the road against a Swansea City side who are unbeaten since early September. Derby’s horrendous away run goes back to April and a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday, but all runs have to come to an end and Nigel Clough’s team will be looking to emerge victorious against a team who they haven’t lost against in 9 games.
On-loan striker Paul Dickov sees no reason why his team-mates can’t pick up maximum points on their visit to Wales. He told Rams Player: ‘We have to be positive; we want to put an end to all the talk of having victory to our name on the road this season. It is something we have to put right, we have thousands of fans following us away from home and as much as we have to get a result for ourselves we have to do it for them as well. It is important for them and the fact we haven’t won away must be put right. Back-to-back wins would be nice (after the win over Coventry), but it is equally important we get some points on the board away from home. Swansea are a very good team and will give us a tough game, but off the back of the Coventry result we feel we can go there and get a result.’
Miles Addison recognises the need to reward Rams fans for their support on the road: ‘It’s been a long time since we won away and I think the travelling fans deserve a win,’ said Addison, ‘When we get our best side out, we can definitely do that. Maybe we have had our first 11 out only a couple of times this season so far. We have got a few players coming back from injury, so we should be in good shape for the Swansea match.’
Swansea City Team News:
Swansea have injury problems with Garry Monk and Mark Gower set to miss out against The Rams. Gower has a back problem and Monk has a calf injury, one which prevented him from appearing against Cardiff.
Player to watch: Darren Pratley
24 year-old midfielder Pratley scored a brace in the Wales derby against Cardiff City. He is an excellent passer of the ball and has a good tackle too. Robbie Savage will be given the job of keeping him at bay.
Derby County Team News:
The Rams are again without Kris Commons and Steve Davies is still out with a niggling injury. Chris Porter is edging towards a return to first-team action but is set to miss out against the Swans with the hip injury which has kept him out for the best part of a year. Lee Hendrie is also edging back into contention.
Player to watch: Paul Green
Green’s passing has been sorely missed and his ability to arrive late in the box has surely seen us miss out on numerous goals already this season. Hulse needs goal-scoring help, and one of our top scorers from last year needs to help him out by chipping in from midfield.
Match Facts & Stats
Last 5: Derby County
Coventry City (h) 2-1
Ipswich Town (a) 0-1
QPR (h) 2-4
Middlesbrough (a) 0-2
Leicester City (a) 0-0
Last 5: Swansea City
Cardiff City (h) 3-2
Scunthorpe United (a) 2-0
Blackpool (h) 0-0
West Brom (a) 1-0
Ipswich Town (a) 1-1
Swansea City vs. Derby County, Saturday 28 November 2009 15:00, The Coca-Cola Football League Championship