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MICHAEL DUFF SPEAKS AHEAD OF DERBY COUNTY

23 February 2023

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF SPEAKS AHEAD OF DERBY COUNTY

23 February 2023

Our Head Coach spoke to the assembled press regarding our upcoming Sky Bet League One clash with Derby County on Saturday at Oakwell.

ON INJURIES

"No new injuries from the game, and no-one back in - other than Nicky Cadden. Nicky's had a little baby boy, it all went well which is great. He's had a couple of days off but he'll be back in now. We'll obviously monitor his physical load so he doesn't drop off there but it'll be the same pool of players, plus Nicky."

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ON DERBY COUNTY

"They're a typical Paul Warne team. They press, they get after you - they don't play one way. The first time we played Derby, it was everytime they got the ball they played out from the back no matter what. Warney's teams don't do that. They're known for being fit, they press, they get after you and they've got good players. I think they've lost one game since October. That tells you the challenge that we've got, but I think we've lost two games since October.

               

"It's two in-form teams, 5th vs 6th. We're really looking forward to it, these are the games that as a player and as a Club you want to be involved in. It's a great game. It's not a cup final, if we lose it's not the end of the season. It's a case of if we win, we go above them, but there's still a long, long way to go. It's a big game, we're looking forward to it."

 

ON THE SCALE OF THE FIXTURE

"The winner of the game gets three points. It's not the way we work. You don't get any more points, we're on a good run. If we lose, we've still been on a good run. We'll be going into it trying to get on the front foot, trying to take them on. We know how they're going to play. They'll be exactly the same, so it should be a high-tempo game."

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ON THE ATMOSPHERE

"There's only a couple of hundred tickets left in the Ponty end. Derby have sold their end now. I don't think there's many other seats available, we're looking forward to it. It's the first time I'll have seen it full, or as full as it can be. It'll be a new sight for me. Everyone talks about Barnsley being hostile, it can be this, it can be that. We know it can be. It hasn't been, for whatever reasons.

               

"The players will be prepped, we're doing everything we can to give a good performance. I'm certain the atmosphere will be good because when the away team brings that many it rouses the home fans, no matter what ground you go to. It'll hopefully be a good game of football with some good quality on show."

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