Paul Simpson: Where Derby need to be with ten games left

Derby County coach Paul Simpson has explained the side's main objective.

Derby County coach Paul Simpson said the side are on course to achieve their objectives for the said at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Blackburn game.

Simpson suggested the side’s main aim was to be in with a chance of going up to the Premier League with ten games to go; they are three points off league leaders Bournemouth, with a game in hand in fifth place with 20 games to go.

“We need to be in the mix with 10 games to go, that's our target at the moment,” said Simpson.

“We have to make sure we have more ups than downs.”

Derby aren’t doing much wrong at the moment and if they win against Blackburn later, they’ll be back joint-top of the table.

The challenge for Simpson and the club’s manager Steve McClaren is ensuring the side remains consistent in all areas as the team plays through the next ten games.

There is enough talent and experience in the side to ensure the Rams don’t make too many errors over the last ten games, so the job is making sure they’re still in a good position to attack promotion.

It’s important the officials at the club drill a winning mentality into the players because wins are the only way to create confidence and momentum.

However, they need to temper that with ensuring that the players don’t get complacent, especially if they’re sharing the Championship lead with the Cherries by the end of this evening.

Derby are on course for the aim the coaches have for the side, the trick now is to keep them there.

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