Derby County Under-23s are looking to bounce back in the league following three successive defeats as they face Blackburn Rovers U23s this evening.

Darren Wassall’s side travel to Lancashire FA Headquarters tonight (7pm kick off) looking to get their season back on track following a dip in form.

Here, has everything you need to know ahead of the clash.


Despite three successive defeats in the league, the young Rams still sit two points behind league leaders Everton going into tonight’s game against Blackburn Rovers.

Darren Wassall’s men sit fourth in Premier League 2 Division 1 but knows if his side wins and results go his way, they could return to the top of the table.

They face a tricky game this evening against Blackburn Rovers who sit second-bottom in the table and are fighting to stay in the division.

The Rams have performed admirably throughout the season so far and welcome back Alex Babos to the squad following the conclusion of his loan spell with Real Union.

Left back Callum Macdonald also returns to the squad following an injury. The young defender was named on the bench for the first team a couple of times before his injury and he will be looking to continue his fine form up until now and show Frank Lampard what he can do.

Speaking to RamsTV ahead of the game, Craig Short said: “I know Damien Johnson, the Blackburn coach, very well and they do play a very physical game.

“We will have to stand up to that challenge. It may not be as tactical as some of the other games we’ve played in but if we can play anything like we have done this season then we should be okay.

“I want to see if we will be able to match them physically and see if there is a reaction. I’m sure there will be a reaction but we have got some good players coming back in as well.

“They went to Arsenal and Chelsea and beat them and I think they won against Swansea as well so they have done well.”

Striker Cameron Cresswell added: “It will be a tough game. It was difficult against them during the first game of the season. We know we need a reaction following the game against Swansea.

“We need to start well and we need to start picking up points again because we are going through a difficult spell.

“We had close games against Manchester City and Everton and were unfortunate to lose both 1-0 but the Swansea match was different and we lost 5-1 so we need to look at what we did wrong and react.”