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THE INSIDE TRACK: DERBY

1 January 2017

Our guide to The Rams

NORWICH City host Derby County on Monday, January 2, 2017 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take an in-depth look at The Rams ahead of their visit to Carrow Road.

IN THE PRESS
Derby boss Steve McClaren is preparing to make alterations to his Rams side when they head to Norfolk on Monday.

A hectic festive schedule draws to a close with the opening games of 2017 coming less than 48 hours after the round of New Year's Eve fixtures had been completed.

"We'll try to change things and freshen it up where we can," McClaren told Rams TV on Saturday following Derby's 0-0 draw at home to Wigan.


"We did it against Fulham recently and did it effectively, so we need to do it again. We have got good players in the squad ready to come in.

"It's a difficult game, especially away from home, but we'll be ready for it."

PREVIOUS MEETING
City came up against Derby as recently as the end of November, with Steve McClaren's side emerging as 1-0 victors at the iPro Stadium.

The game was ultimately settled by a former Canary; Bradley Johnson's strike from distance on 65 minutes earning The Rams victory in the Sky Bet Championship clash.


In a match of few chances, Steven Naismith had Norwich's best opportunity early in the second half only to be denied by a smart Scott Carson save.

With not long left on the clock, the visitors could have bee offered a reprieve, but saw appeals for a late penalty waved away when Jacob Murphy went down in the box under pressure.

The result confirmed a fourth straight win for County, while simultaneously extending City's poor run of form.

RAMS TRIVIA
Derby County were formed as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1884, and four years later were one of 12 teams to form the inaugural Football League.

England forward Steve Bloomer netted 392 times in 599 games across two spells for the club between 1891 and 1914, remaining Derby's record goalscorer to this day.

They notably became the first side to lift the FA Cup following the end of World War II, doing so in 1946 courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Charlton.

Widely recognised as The Rams' greatest ever manager, Brian Clough led them to promotion from the second tier in 1969, before twice winning the First Division title during the 1970s.


Under Clough, Derby also excelled on the contient, reaching the 1973 European Cup semi-final where they were beaten by Italian giants Juventus.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary at their current home, Pride Park, having moved there from the Baseball Ground in 1987.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Chris Weale, Jonathan Mitchell.

Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Craig Forsyth, Jason Shackell, Richard Keogh, Chris Baird, Alex Pearce, Max Lowe, Jamie Hanson, Marcus Olsson, Farrend Rawson.

Midfielders: Craig Bryson, Ikechi Anya, Tom Ince, Bradley Johnson, Jacob Butterfield, Will Hughes, Timi Elsnik, George Thorne.

Forwards: Johnny Russell, Darren Bent, James Wilson, Abdoul Camara, Nick Blackman, Matej Vydra, Andreas Weimann.



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