Q&A With Derby County

  • April 06, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton are only two wins away from Championship survival, but their weekend trip to Derby County won't provide them with any success.

Those are the views of Rams supporter Nick Webster (@dcfc_flagman), who spoke to us ahead of Saturday's clash with Wanderers at Pride Park.

In the following Q&A interview, Nick shares his views on Derby's recent drubbing at the hands of Sunderland, why the Trotters should have enough points on board to retain their second-tier status at the end of the campaign, as well as a surprise admiration for the visitors' on-loan forward Zach Clough.

Q: Derby brought an end to an eight-match winless run with victory at Preston North End on Easter Monday - a result which kept them in play-off contention. Having seen automatic promotion hopes fade away in recent weeks, is history about to repeat itself?

A: I had forgotten what a win felt like so it was very much needed, with a huge sigh of relief.

At the minute, it seems we are in a mini-league of six all competing for the final two places in the play-offs. Anyone from 10th can get there this season, so there is no time to rest up.

We are certainly not the in-form team, but following our win at Preston we have to hope that we can move on and put a much needed run together.

Q: David Nugent netted twice in your 2-1 win at Macron Stadium back in August, but Matej Vydra tops the division's goalscoring chart with 18 to his name. Are either likely to be your biggest threat going into the weekend, or should Phil Parkinson put his focus elsewhere?

A: Nugent hasn't been starting of late but did so at Preston and put in a very good performance. We have been missing that for a while now, with no replacement in the number nine role to cover him.

Vydra is also in poor form at the moment having started so well.

Both are always a threat, but I would like to see Tom Lawrence contribute more like he did at Preston after his amazing free-kick.

Andreas Weimann on the other side should also be a threat. When things are good they are a very good attacking four, but confidence is key to them playing well and delivering.

Q: A win over Aston Villa prior to the international break had Bolton looking good for survival. However, poor displays resulting in back-to-back defeats against Leeds United and Birmingham City have thrown the relegation scrap wide open. How do you see the season finishing for us?

A: From what I have seen, I think you will stay up.

I fear for Sunderland and Burton, and I think the last place is up for grabs between Barnsley and Hull City.

I think a couple of wins will see you safe.

Q: Gary Madine was on target for Wanderers in this season's reverse fixture, but now plays his football at Cardiff City. Adam Le Fondre has struck three times in his last five games having topped the list as replacements for Madine, but do you see him as our key player or is there someone else in mind?

A: Without doubt, yes. I'm a big fan of Le Fondre as he knows where the net is.

It was a shame about Madine, but in your situation it was very good business for you.

I have always rated Zach Clough as a little playmaker. I didn't like him at 'them lot down the road', but it's good to see him back with you.

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

A: It's a must-win for Derby - simple as that.

I am hoping that confidence is now very high and after that embarrassment of a result against Sunderland.

We should be looking at putting it right at home again, so with that in mind I am going 5-1 Derby. I just have a feeling.

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