Andre Wisdom hopes that Derby County can recreate the performance of his last East Midlands derby ahead of the clash with Nottingham Forest at Pride Park on Sunday.
The defender played the full 90 minutes of the Rams’ 5-0 victory against Forest in March 2014, whilst on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
A hat-trick from Craig Bryson along with goals from Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell secured a memorable win, and Wisdom wants the team to produce a similar performance.
Speaking to RamsTV, he said: “It was my first East Midlands derby, we had a great game, everybody was up for it and everything seemed to work that day.
“More shots went in, every attack we made was productive and ended with an opportunity or a goal.
“The run that we went on was amazing, so hopefully we can recreate some of the same memories.”
As well as the game against Forest, the 24-year-old has also played in the Merseyside derby and he was keen to highlight the importance of keeping a cool head on what is sure to be a fiery occasion.
He continued: “I’ve played in a few derbies during my career and you know what you’re going to get in these games; it’s slightly more competitive, there is more tenacity but hopefully we can play our normal game and get the result.
“You always get a few more tackles flying in but the referee knows that. Everyone is experienced, we have all played in derbies before, we know what to do and what not to do.
“I try to do the same every single game, but sometimes you can lose it so you have to try and keep your head.”
Derby will be looking for their first win since the 5-0 win against Hull City in early September, with the defeat at Bristol City followed by three consecutive draws before the international break.
Wisdom picked out the areas where the side need to improve if they are to secure all three points at the weekend.
He said: “Sometimes we need a bit of magic from one or two players, we need to be a bit nastier and a bit more physical to win games when we’re finding it difficult.
“We need to try and play our game and hopefully the team can connect. We’re good players and hopefully our quality will show.”