Derby assistant says team must take advantage of Leeds and Brighton favour

Derby County Huddle

Leeds and Brighton defeated Bournemouth and Brighton respectively in recent games.

Derby County face Blackburn Rovers in a Championship tie at the iPro Stadium tonight and know a win is necessary to keep in touch with the promotion push, as plenty of teams mount a challenge both in front and behind them.

Blackburn however are pumped after securing an excellent FA Cup win over Premier League Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

But Derby were helped out at the weekend by the results of teams at the opposite end of the spectrum. They take on Blackburn in the knowledge that two of their biggest current rivals for an automatic promotion spot dropped points against teams they would have expected to beat.

Of course this is referring to Ipswich Town and Bournemouth, who lost to Brighton and Leeds United respectively in their last Championship figure.

Derby assistant coach Paul Simpson understands the importance of taking complete advantage of those recent mishaps from their rivals and knows a win against Blackburn is a must. He told the official Derby County website:

"Blackburn picked up a good result at the weekend against Swansea City, defeating them 3-1 in the FA Cup, even without their two ‘big hitters’ in Gestede and Rhodes.

“We expect a big, physical game and we have to stamp our authority and style of football on it.

“Brighton and Leeds did us a favour beating Ipswich and Bournemouth last week, so now we have to do ourselves one by beating Blackburn and, if we can, getting into a stronger position.”

Derby are currently fifth in the Championship but could rise to second in the table tonight, level on points with leaders Bournemouth on 51.

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