Krystian Bielik is keen to put Saturday’s disappointing result against Charlton Athletic to bed as Derby County return to action at Pride Park Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Polish international had an unhappy return to the club where he spent last season on loan from Arsenal on Saturday as the Rams were beaten 3-0 by the Addicks.
Macauley Bonne gave Charlton the lead early in the game whilst second half goals from Naby Sarr and Conor Gallagher ensured the Rams suffered their first defeat in five games.
At home, Derby are in good form. They have won their last two, beating Birmingham City 3-2 and Luton Town 2-0, and hae lost once on home turf this season.
The Rams head into the game aiming to hit back from Saturday’s disappointment against a Wigan Athletic side who enjoyed a good result on Sunday against high-flyers Nottingham Forest.
They beat Sabri Lamouchi’s side 1-0 at the DW Stadium and Bielik is concentrating on ensuring the Rams get back on track.
“I think Charlton deserved the win,” he admitted, chatting to RamsTV. “They were on it from the first minute.
“They were switched on and I think we were not, that is why they beat us 3-0. It is good that the Wigan game is on Wednesday so we can show that it just wasn’t our day and we have to start the game properly from the first minute.”
He continued: “I don’t want to try and defend myself or my team-mates, but sometimes it is not your day and they were switched on.
“I think they were just better than us that day, but I think the quality that we have in this dressing room is so high and we need to show that every single game, it doesn’t matter if we play Charlton or Leeds United – it’s every team in the Championship.
“They showed up, they have quality as well in the team because I don’t think it is easy to beat Derby County 3-0 and they did it.
“We will try to forget this game now and try to focus on the next games. I think Wigan is a good opportunity to play at home and show our fans that it was just not our day.”
Whilst a reaction is needed, Pride Park Stadium has been a happy home for the Rams in recent weeks following two successive wins.
Bielik, who joined Derby from Arsenal in the summer, is hoping to put on a show and help Phillip Cocu's side climb the Championship table.
“We are looking forward to it,” he said. “We play at home, so we want to be with the ball most of the time, creating chances, scoring and at the end getting the three points that we need now.
“I feel at home now at Pride Park, it is my stadium and I want to do my best there. I see our supporters with us, it doesn’t matter if it is home or away, they are always brilliant.
“It is not about us only, it is about them and we want to give them this good football on Saturday afternoons or Wednesday evenings.
“It doesn’t matter when we play, or where we play, we always want to be on it and want to win.”