Fresh from a dramatic 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday, Derby County boss Frank Lampard has called for focus from his players heading into the final three games of the season.
Two goals in second-half injury-time from Harry Wilson sealed a valuable three points against the R which saw the Rams move into the final play-off position.
A trip to fellow play-off chasing side Bristol City awaits on Saturday before the Rams visit the Liberty Stadium next Wednesday to take on Swansea City, who also have hopes of reaching the play-offs themselves.
That’s two tough games for the Rams on the road, so the manager has called for his players to focus heading into the pivotal stage of the season.
“It is seemingly a shoot-out now between the three of us for the one place,” Lampard told RamsTV.
“We have got a game on Middlesbrough but we have got two very difficult away games and this should definitely not be a game to get us over excited.
“We can be excited for a night because the fans deserve to, they were great today from the first whistle. The hard work comes now for the next three games.”
The preparation for the game at Ashton Gate starts now as the Rams know three points will put them in a commanding position and Lampard is under no illusions about the size of the fixture.
“It's huge,” he admitted. “We are against a team who we are now just a point ahead of. If we lose the game it is difficult for us so it is a big, big game. We have got nearly a week to think about it to get focused and ready.
“A lot of players have played two games in three days so they can rest tomorrow but come Wednesday we are working again. When I say work, its not running up and down the pitch, it’s getting back, getting focused and seeing what we have got.
“The threats are Bristol City at the weekend, which we will know what they are. It’s getting ourselves as ready as we can be. These are crucial times and we cannot miss small details and we will be working hard to get ready.”