Off the ball we were amazing – our work rate was outstanding – and we were trying to win the game from the first minute to last while Stoke were trying to stay in it.”
Derby the better side first half thanks to their best 45 minutes for some time, but no goal to show for it.
Derby County 0-0 Stoke City – live reaction as woodwork and Butland deny Rams three points
He has scored five goals this season, is capable of more and can (on his day) boost Derby’s attacking threat significantly.
Bristol City’s nervy draw against Ipswich Town last night has left the door to the Championship’s top six ajar for Derby County, invitingly. It is at this stage of the season when nerves kick in, on and off the pitch, and results more than performances are all important. Derby have taken four points from their last two games, much-needed after a run of three straight league defeats, A win tonight would take that to seven points from nine, and leave Frank Lampard’s team in a good position.”
Tom Ince returned to haunt his old club as he fired 10-man Stoke City to a 2-1 victory over Derby County.
Sam Clucas gave the Potters a first-half lead at the bet365 Stadium but the home side then had Peter Etebo sent off with around an hour still to play.
Harry Wilson levelled with another fine free kick early in the second half, only for Ince to hit a 64th-minute winner.
It gave Gary Rowett all three points on his first meeting with the club he left to take charge of Stoke in May.
As well as being a tough result for Derby to take, they also had skipper Curtis Davies carried off on a stretcher just before the break.
Derby have just moved into the play-off positions so they have a little bit extra to fight for, so it will be a tough game but so is every game in the Championship. We certainly won’t take it lightly and I can’t imagine Derby will either. There’s a lot of expectation about Derby, just as there is here.”
It is hard to comment on other clubs in any real detail because only the manager there knows,” said Lampard. “All you can say is that they (Stoke) did invest heavily in the summer and they had a relatively strong squad already. Again, it doesn’t mean anything but if you look at the individuals they have that can win games, then, yes, they are competing and you have to give the manager some time to try and make his imprint on the team. It doesn’t come overnight, but they are a team that at any moment in this league could go on a run of wins, and then see themselves in the hunt to move up the League quickly. We have seen it with many a team this year. No-one should be writing them off.”
RamsTV is to broadcast Wednesday nights Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Stoke City LIVE in the UK and across the globe.
Streamed in HD and featuring a multi-camera mix with instant replays, full match commentary, as well as pre-match, full time and half time analysis – RamsTVs Matchday Live show will present fans who cant make it to Pride Park Stadium with the very best coverage of the Rams clash against the Potters.
Fans based in the UK & Ireland will be able to stream the game LIVE on dcfc.co.uk, and through the official Derby County App, for the one-off payment of just £10 – which is a price set by the EFL. Streaming options can be found here.
Fans outside of the UK will be able to stream the game as part of their RamsTV subscription or for the usual one-off pay-per-view price of £5.
RamsTVs Owen Bradley will be joined by former Derby stars Shaun Barker and Shane Nicholson as they build-up to the game with a packed programme of content including exclusive interviews, match clips and studio discussion.