Midfielder Krystian Bielik is fully focused ahead of Derby County's Boxing Day clash against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The Rams are without a victory in their last six Sky Bet Championship outings but will certainly be encouraged by their performance despite tasting defeat against Reading on Saturday.

After falling a man down inside the opening four minutes of the game, after Scott Malone was sent off, Derby reacted well and put in a valiant performance but unfortunately could not register a positive result as they went down 3-0 to the Royals.

And whilst the Rams are in need of a result, they will be encouraged by Saturday’s showing going into the Boxing Day fixture against the Latics.

“The Christmas period is very hard as we play every three or four days,” Bielik told RamsTV. “It is hard but it is how it is, and we need to do our work. We need a result, especially away from home.

“At Reading we thought it would go a different way. In the first minutes when you get a red card and a penalty it is tough.

“We spoke with the manager and we all have the same feeling that we did quite a good job on the pitch when we were a player down. It was a difficult game for us, but I think we did quite well.

“We have Wigan on Thursday and we know they don’t really have a good situation as well and we want to go there and try to get a result away from home."

This will be the third Christmas that the midfielder has spent in England since his arrival from Poland as a teenager.

And with three more league games to play over the festive period, Bielik has paid tribute to the supporters who continue to support the club in their numbers.

“I fully understand that they may be quite worried about the results, especially in the away games,” he said.

“We are really thankful and glad that they are always there for us in away games and of course home games.

“I think our time will come and it must come.

“I hope that in the next game it will be different and finally we can get the three points. It will be a great late Christmas present for our fans and for us.

“I think there is no better present for us footballers and staff than three points.”