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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Derby press conference

18 October 2021

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Manager Nathan Jones has a full squad at his disposal heading into tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship game against Derby County.

His side were unscathed as they battled to a 2-0 victory at The Den on Saturday but with two games in quick succession this week, rotation will be vital as they look to gain maximum points.

“We have 100 per cent full availability so I will be able to make changes,” Jones insisted. “I’ll be able to make changes and freshen things up whenever I want and that is going to be important this week, it really is. The same eleven won’t play three games and do what we ask them to do so again, whether that is personnel or formation, we will freshen things up.”

Tuesday’s opponents Derby were a big talking point in his pre-match press conference and the gaffer said: “The club are having problems, the team are not, so it’s a credit to the manager and the staff they’ve got there as they’re doing a good job and effectively, they’re bottom of the table, but in reality with the points they’ve gained, they’re comfortably mid-table.

“It will be a real tough game, we know that, Derby is always a difficult place to go to. They have a good team, regardless of what’s happening with the people that are running the club, the actual team is a good side so we can’t underestimate that, we can’t hoodwinked by thinking we’re playing the team that’s bottom of the table as that’s not the case.

“They are defensively strong, they’ve got good experience there, they keep the ball well so it’s going to be a real tough game, but it’s the Championship.

“It’s a bit like a broken record, wherever you go, whoever you play, everything is tough and what we have to do is make sure that we are the best version of ourselves, if we’re the best version of ourselves then that’s all we can affect.”


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