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Midfielder Kieran Dowell believes Tuesday night's Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Bristol City has the potential to be an entertaining affair.


The Rams are unbeaten so far this season following two wins and two draws in their opening four games in all competitions.

They have picked up five points in their first three Championship matches, as well as progressing to Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

Bristol City, meanwhile, won their first game of the season at the weekend as a goal in each half secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Dowell, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Everton in the summer, grabbed his first assist in a Derby shirt at the weekend as he set up Martyn Waghorn’s first goal following a lovely passing move in the 2-2 draw at Stoke City.

The loanee is expecting an attacking game at Pride Park Stadium tomorrow evening.

“They have played a couple of systems so far this season, whether it be four or five at the back, so we have got to be ready for both,” he told RamsTV.

“We changed at the weekend so it’s just how the game goes. They are a good young team with good attacking players but I think it will be a really good attacking game with two teams going for it.”


Dowell says he has settled well into life at Derby following his summer switch from the Toffees.

He joined the squad during their training camp in Florida in early July initially, before returning to England to continue pre-season preparations.

He has got to know his team-mates on a good level and has worked closely with manager Phillip Cocu, someone who he believes will have a good impact on his career.

“I’m loving it with the staff and the lads. I came in the summer and everyone is starting to get to grips with what he wants to do, and we need to trust each other on the ball and be brave on the ball,” Dowell said.

“He likes to play football, play through the thirds and then it’s about doing it in the final third which is the hardest place to do it.

“We did it that time, we have done it a couple more times and hopefully we will score more goals from it.

“Every manager has their own way of dealing with players and our gaffer is really intelligent and you can have a really good conversation with him about football as well.

“He is approachable and will talk to you about what you need to do. If you have any questions then he is willing to help you.

“That’s his character. He is thinking more in his head than he shows. As much as he is not shouting and screaming, he has got that respect that he is taking it all in.

“At the same time, you have to always be at your best.”

Pos Pld GD Pts
13 Queens Park Rangers 22 -7 31
14 Hull City 22 3 30
15 Birmingham City 22 -7 28
16 Derby County 22 -7 26
17 Charlton Athletic 22 -2 24
18 Reading 21 -2 23
19 Huddersfield Town 22 -10 22
20 Middlesbrough 22 -12 21
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