A long trip to East Anglia awaits for Derby County to kick start the New Year and here, dcfc.co.uk provides you with all you need to know ahead of Monday’s clash with Norwich City…
Derby County will certainly be without Will Hughes for Monday’s trip to Norwich City.
The 21-year-old will serve the first game of a two-match ban for collecting ten yellow cards this season.
He has picked up four in his last five outings, resulting in a second suspension of the campaign.
Steve McClaren says it’s important that Hughes avoids further unneeded time on the sidelines later in the season.
He told RamsTV: “It’s disappointing for us that he misses two games.
“We’re lucky it’s only Monday at Norwich and then the FA Cup game at West Bromwich Albion that we are without him, so he only misses a week of action rather than two.
“It’s just maturity he has to come to. Some of the bookings have been needless and where there’s no need in terms of where the fouls have been committed.
“We don’t want to change his game and that aggression that he has got, but he just needs to do it in the right areas.” McClaren has hinted that he could freshen up his side for Derby County’s visit to East Anglia.
Taking into account the short time between the matches, McClaren is likely to shuffle his pack and utilise the squad at his disposal.
The Derby boss chose to do something similar during Derby’s three-game week in mid-December as they faced Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham inside seven days.
He added: “We’ll try to change things and freshen it up where we can.
“We did it against Fulham recently and did it effectively too, 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.”
Speaking ahead of Monday’s visit to Carrow Road, Chris Baird told RamsTV: “It’s been a busy period but it’s been going well for us.
“Obviously we were disappointed not to beat Wigan on Saturday.
“It was a fantastic point for them considering the form that we’ve been in and, for us, we wanted to get the three points.
“For whatever reason, I’m not sure why, we didn’t seem to click and it didn’t quite happen for us. They had a few chances but we dominated for long spells.
“It’s another point on the board, we’ll take another clean sheet and move on. We’ve deserved the wins and clean sheets lately because we’ve been playing well, but we know it’s hard to do that every single week.”
On Monday’s trip to Norwich, he added: “We’ll go to Norwich full of confidence and looking to get another positive result.
“I am expecting it will be a really, really tough game for us - while on the flip side they will be looking at us and noting that we are unbeaten in our last ten matches.
“Norwich have a strong squad and when we played them in November, it was a close game.
“We managed to get the goal, through Bradley Johnson against his old club, and we’ve continued the momentum from that game, which was an important win at the time.”
Jacob Murphy, alongside his twin brother Josh, has seen his career grow from strength-to-strength since helping the Canaries lift the FA Youth Cup in 2013.
Now an established first team player, the winger made his first team debut as a late substitute for his brother, Josh, in the 1-1 draw with Fulham in the Third Round of the FA Cup in January 2014.
Loan moves to Swindon Town and Southend United followed, with Murphy scoring in a 3-0 win for the latter over Rochdale in April 2013.
He joined Blackpool on loan in November 2014, scoring twice in nine league games before a brief stint at Scunthorpe United.
Murphy rounded off the regular 2014/15 season at Colchester United, inspiring an improbable League One survival for the U's by netting an impressive four times in just 11 matches.
For the length of the 2015/16 campaign the winger was on loan at League One side Coventry City, where he clocked up 42 appearances and scoring ten goals.
This term, however, he has scored seven outings in 23 appearances with the Canaries and his form led to him earning a new four-and-a-half-year deal on November 23 2016, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.
Supporters will be able to purchase tickets at Carrow Road for Derby County’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Norwich City.
Rams fans had the chance to pre-purchase tickets in advance of the fixture before they went off sale on Saturday.
Tickets will be available at Norwich's Ticket Office, with no price increase on the day.
Ticket prices for the game have been confirmed as follows:
Senior Citizens (65+) £25
Under 18s £20
Under 12s £12
Disabled supporters’ information can be found by following this link: dcfc.co.uk/tickets/away_tickets.aspx.
Norwich will be happy to help any Rams supporters who have any questions or ticket queries ahead of the game.
Full details can be found on their website, which is canaries.co.uk.
NORWICH CITY 1-1 DERBY COUNTYSaturday 14 March, 2015
It was a debut to remember for Jamie Hanson as his goal directly from a corner saw Derby County battle back to claim a 1-1 draw from their last trip to Carrow Road in March 2015.
Cameron Jerome capped off a dominant first half display by opening the scoring on the half hour mark, but Steve McClaren’s side pressed, harried, chased and fought their way back in the second half.
A touch fortuitous, Jamie Hanson, making his first team bow, sent in an inswinging corner that John Ruddy failed to hold on to as the ball fell from his grasp and into the back of the net for the Rams' equaliser on 66 minutes.
Lee Grant pulled off two sublime saves in the final 10 minutes of the contest as Norwich pushed for a late winner, but they could not a way past the last of the visitors' backline.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (C), Bassong, Olsson; Howson, Tettey, Dorrans (Hooper, 79), Johnson; Hoolahan; Jerome
Substitutes not used: Rudd (GK), Cuellar, Andreu, Loza, Redmond, O'Neil
Derby County: Grant, Shotton (Christie, 70), Keogh (C), Albentosa, Forsyth; Hanson, Hendrick, Hughes (Bryson, 76); Ince, Ward (Warnock, 82), Russell
Substitutes not used: Roos (GK), Dawkins, Lingard, Thomas
Darren Bond will take charge of Derby County's Sky Bet Championship fixture at Norwich City.
The official has overseen 19 games so far this season, producing 56 yellows and four reds.
His last Derby game was the 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic last season.
He will be assisted by David Avent and Ian Cooper on the lines, whilst Keith Stroud has been appointed as the Fourth Official.
Remember, you can follow Steve McClaren’s men every step of the way throughout the season with dcfc.co.uk, Rams Player HD and RamsTV.
You can follow all the action from before, during and after Saturday’s game via the club’s social media channels.
We’ll have live updates on Twitter as well as goal and match action image updates across Facebook and Instagram too.
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dcfc.co.uk, RamsTV and Rams Player HD are the first places to head to for all of your up to date Derby County news, views and exclusive interviews, as well as the ability to watch match highlights and games in full.
Here's a brief reflection of what you can expect across all of our digital channels...
INTERVIEWS: Exclusive interviews with Manager Steve McClaren and his playing squad, both pre-match and post-match, from every Rams game – home and away!
THE FULL 90: Rams Player HD strives to have the full 90 minutes from every single first-team game online within 48 hours of the final whistle, providing the perfect opportunity for fans who can’t get to the game or live abroad not to miss a minute!
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Highlights from each and every first-team game appear on Rams Player within 24 hours after every match, ensuring you don't miss out on the goals and talking points from the latest game.
FULL MATCH COMMENTARY: Rams Player HD is the ONLY place supporters can listen to Derby County's first-team matches online, with commentary is provided by BBC Radio Derby and provides near-DAB quality sound of every match.
EXTENDED MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Rams Player HD will provide supporters with extended match highlights of every first-team game.
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