Derby County will head south to face Charlton Athletic at The Valley in their first away fixture of the 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
In the lead-up to the game getting underway, dcfc.co.uk has brought together all the key information you need to know…
Striker David McGoldrick has been out of action in recent weeks with a minor niggle but he is stepping up his workload and his fitness is being assessed closely to determine whether or not he will be in the travelling party.
Defender James Chester will miss out with some soreness in his achilles. The centre-back was also sidelined for last weekend's 1-0 home win over Oxford United.
New signing Lewis Dobbin is set to be included in the matchday squad after signing on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Everton on Wednesday. The 19-year-old trained with the Toffees' first-team squad during pre-season prior to being given the green light to join up with Derby.
Interim Manager Liam Rosenior caught up with RamsTV in the lead-up to Saturday's game as the Rams face their first away fixture of the 2022/23 League One campaign.
He said: "It was a great day last Saturday by beating Oxford United in front of a big crowd. I wouldn’t say it was perfect, I hope we can play
better than that. I felt Oxford gave us a really good test and I thought
they were better than a lot of Championship teams that visited us last
season. I thought they put in a really good performance and made life
difficult for us throughout the game. What really pleased me was the
longer the game went on, the stronger we looked. For us to have a team
that has pretty much been here three weeks - with the new additions, the
fitness levels, desire, spirit and character of the players - it was
the most pleasing aspect for me, as well as the outstanding atmosphere
that the fans gave us. I said beforehand that the fans gave us energy
last season and they gave us that exact same energy once again and
hopefully we will give the fans a lot more to shout about through the
He added: "I want us to play a certain style of football. I think that’s really
important because it helps you with your recruitment, it helps you
understand the players that will suit your style of play and that was a
pleasing aspect of how hard Oxford had to work to stop us scoring goals.
I know a lot of people speak about playing out from the back and having
possession, but when you have the ball the other team have to run so
that’s the reason in the last 20-30 minutes we looked like the stronger
team because we had 60% of the ball. We weren’t chasing it. I was
delighted with that and hopefully that can continue on Saturday."
From The Dressing Room
Jason Knight caught up with RamsTV to look ahead to this weekend's game in the capital.
He said: "Our away form is something we need to improve and going away to Charlton will be a tough game. We know they will have good threats going forward so us as a collective need to make sure we keep another clean sheet; that’s important. We need to get a good result because we need to make sure that our away form is better this season."
About The Opposition
Charlton Athletic are under new management for the 2022/23 season after appointing Ben Garner as their new manager in the summer as they look to launch a top six challenge this term.
Garner impressively guided Swindon Town into the top seven in League Two last season and he raided his former club for three signings over the course of the close season to stamp his mark on the Charlton squad.
Goalkeeper Joe Wollacott, defender Mandela Egbo and attacking midfielder Jack Payne all arrived as free agents, while Rochdale centre back Eoghan O'Connell and Lincoln City midfielder Conor McGrandles were added to the ranks as permanent signings.
In addition, England Under-21 international defender Steven Sessegnon will spend the season with the Addicks on loan from Premier League Fulham to gain vital match experience following recent stints at Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle.
Jayden Stockley remains a big goal threat for Charlton and the striker hit an impressive 20 goals last term as the Addicks finished in mid-table, first under Nigel Adkins and then later Johnnie Jackson.
Their 2022/23 season, their third in succession in League One following relegation in 2019/20, started with a 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley last weekend with late drama coming at both ends of the pitch as the sides had to settle for a point apiece.
Miles Leaburn scored with a header four minutes into added time to give Charlton a 2-1 lead, but Korede Adedoyin turned the ball in from close range two minutes later to rescue a point for the hosts.
Charlton had earlier taken the lead after 36 minutes when Diallang Jaiyesimi's cross found Scott Fraser who side-footed home from 12 yards, before Sean McConville equalised with 69 minutes on the clock.
Rams On The Road
Ahead of each away game this season we'll be running a feature via RamsTV called 'Rams On The Road'.
In the first instalment of the season, we take a look at our history and links with Charlton Athletic.
Chris Pollard has been
appointed as the Match Referee for Saturday's game at The Valley.
The official took charge of 25 games in the 2021/22 campaign, showing 78 yellow cards and one red.
He will be assisted by Matthew Smith and Andrew Aylott on the lines, whilst Farai Hallam has been appointed as the fourth official.
Derby County supporters have until 4pm on Friday 5th August to secure their seats for the game at The Valley.
Charlton have confirmed sale on the day will NOT be available, so purchasing from the Ticket Office at Pride Park Stadium is required.
Full ticket information for the League One clash can be found by clicking here.
Saturday’s match is NOT available for live domestic streaming under the EFL’s streaming rights.
The domestic market comprises United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.
All League One matches may be streamed outside of the domestic market irrespective of whether they have been selected for broadcast.
This means that they will be available both on a Match-by-Match basis and for monthly subscribers.
To buy the match as a Match-by-Match fixture, for £10 per match, or to subscribe to RamsTV on a monthly basis for £19.99 per month, click here.
Live audio commentary, provided by BBC Radio Derby, is available online ONLY on dcfc.co.uk.
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