Q&A With Derby County

Ahead of the 125th meeting between Derby County and Bolton, we have got the views of a Rams supporter.

With a 5-1 victory at Leeds United still fresh in the memory, Wanderers travel to the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night looking to secure a fourth straight league win for the first time in 13 months.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Nick Webster (@dcfc_flagman) - a 31-year-old Derby supporter who was named Championship Fan of the Year in 2013 and is a campaigner for safe standing. Nick is a home and away season ticket holder and takes responsibility for the giant flag that travelling Wanderers fans will see at the iPro on Tuesday night.

Ahead of the game, Nick shares his views on the differences between Nigel Clough and Steve McClaren, whether automatic promotion is a step too far and why Bolton could be on the end of a 5-0 'backlash'.

Q: What has been the main difference under Steve McClaren, in comparison to Nigel Clough's Derby side?

A: There hasn't been too much difference, to be honest, in my opinion. There is still some very good football being played.

I think it would be fair to say that Stevie Mac brings that extra experience and coaching to push the players that little further on. In particular, his signings have added great depth to the young squad.

Q: Are you still targeting automatic promotion or are the play-offs a more realistic prospect; Who do you see as your biggest threat if you were to finish outside the top two?

A: After Saturday's awful defeat at home to Millwall and Burnley's away win at Blackburn Rovers, the gap is now eight points. Despite that, we have to continue to focus on going for 2nd position.

There is no reason why we cannot challenge Burnley for 2nd spot. After all, anything can happen in football! We must keep the faith.

We are massively exceeding expectations so to be where we are now is a huge achievement.

In the play-offs, anyone can be a threat. However, everyone in the East Midlands is gearing up for a Forest v Derby semi-final or final. That would just be crazy!

Q: Which team has been the best visitors to Derby this season; Why?

A: The best visitors to Derby would probably have to be Burnley. They played very well and got the three points.

Q: Who has been Derby's stand out performer this season and which one is most likely to cause the biggest threat to Wanderers?

A: There have been so many too choose from. For me though, Jack Buxton - or as we call him, Buckonbauer. He's not the most skillfull player but heart and passion? Yes.

For me, he has stood for what we are all about and has my vote for player of the season.

That aside, class acts so far this season have been Lee Grant, Andre Wisdom, Niall Dawkins and Craig Bryson. Wanderers should be looking out for Dawkins and Chris Martin, who will be threats.

Q: Does the impressive form of Bolton's new strike force - Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason - worry Derby?

A: No it doesn't, as with "Buckonbeaur" at the back we will be fine!

No, seriously, yes; Of course it does, but the key to it is to make sure they don't receive the ball and we have a strong midfield to stop this from happening.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Tuesday's game?

A: Derby need a win, more than ever. I feel someone will be on the end of a backlash, so I'm going 5-0 Derby!

Burnden Aces would like to thank Nick for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @dcfc_flagman.

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