Derby County v Stoke City – BBC Sport

Derby County v Stoke City - BBC Sport

Every word from Stoke press conference on Derby, injuries and chance for youth

They will make it tough for us. They will probably sit in, try to hit us on the counter and be quite direct.

Yes, it is a concern. We have to make sure we put player safety at the top of the list. Certainly, I think security can be looked at, to try to stop it, but when you are trying to stop a crowd of 30,000, just to stop one person is difficult.”

It is unfortunate he has lost his job. It is horrible to see anybody lose their job. When fourth, I am sure he would say he would love to have a crack at promotion via automatic or the play offs, and I am sure they will still be in the hunt for that.”

Frank Lampard hails Ashley Cole impact at Derby County and tips Mason Mount to be Chelsea and England star

It’s going to be a difficult game no matter what but we feel we’re getting better at handling back-to-back games in a short space of time. Derby have just moved into the play-off spots. Every game in the Championship is tough.”

“Mel Morris deserves a shout out because he has invested so heavily in this club for the last few years with all the intention of getting us up because he cares for the club and is a fan and it hasn’t quite happened.

It’s a muscle injury at the good end of the scale for us – should be 2-3 weeks. Probably the best we could have hoped for.”

He hasn’t trained much, so we will have to see how many minutes he can play – but we need him back.”

“What he does give is a real energy off the ball. His energy and desire to win the ball back is brilliant and then when you talk about the talent he has, he has everything to go right to the top.

I thought Grealish handled it very well. His demeanour afterwards was spot on, and how it was dealt with after.

So thats been great and Ive enjoyed working with him in that sense and its not been a problem the transition from playing together and then him being a player while Im managing.

Security has to be looked at and the deterrent has to be big. We should be very, very strict on it.”

I’m getting in the right areas, so the chances are there. I used to be a right winger but now my focus is on defending.

They will make it tough for us. They will probably sit in, try to hit us on the counter and be quite direct.

Now 38, ex-England ace Cole has admitted he is likely to retire at the end of the season, but his contributions remain invaluable to his one-time club and international teammate

A few teams have done that against us this season, and it’s about how we deal with that.”

He said: In terms of being a winner and being around the block and bringing an experience to the group – and we are quite a young group in a lot of ways this year.

I’ve enjoyed every part of it and could not be more grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.

For the players to see someone who has won the lot, but be humble, be first in at training and working on his game by putting pressure on himself day in and day out.

They are in decent form but whenever you take the lead and don’t win the game, you’re disappointed.

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