Manager Frank Lampard wants his players to remain level-headed but play with a passion and desire that can cause Nottingham Forest problems on Monday night.
The Rams find themselves just outside of the play-off places heading into the East Midlands derby at the City Ground on Monday night but they sit four points ahead of their local rivals.
“This will be an emotional game,” Lampard said when speaking to RamsTV. "Derby matches bring that to the table and we need to try and keep a cool head. I will certainly try to reinforce that, but to also play with passion.
“When you play for a club you need to hold it dear, feel what the fans think, to want success for the club itself and it needs to mean more than to be just a workplace.
"As a football player you need to feel that and use it as motivation.
“It would have been nice to go into the game off the back of a win in midweek against Millwall, obviously, but at the same time the game there the motivation is in the game itself, how the fans fill the game and how much they want to see their team go and give it absolutely everything to get a result away from home.
“That is all we need to concern ourselves about. Are we going to give everything and show passion on the night? Yes, I believe we will. We have to in order to get the result.”