Ince joined the club on transfer deadline day last week from Hull City and he’s been positive over the club’s fans, after revealing that he was initially sceptical about how he’d be received at the club.
“They might not have been too keen on me after I played for Forest but, hopefully, that’s changed now!” Ince told the paper.
“The fans were brilliant to me and you need that, to allow you to express yourself and do what you can for the team.”
The supporters are going to have a big role to play over the rest of the season with the Rams fighting to get back into the Premier League.
Derby continue to match Bournemouth blow for blow at the top of the table, with just a one point gap over Middlesbrough who are hunting the second automatic promotion place.
The fans are important for a variety of reasons and can make the difference in big games against Derby’s promotion rivals.
When the Rams are at home, they can help to create an intimidating atmosphere for visiting sides.
That can put Derby’s opponents on edge during the early phase of big games, helping the team to exploit any nerves in their opposition.
The fans are also important in terms of backing the team when matches don’t start well and the Rams fall behind in big games, needing a lift to raise themselves and get back into the match.
If Derby are going to go up, everyone has to play their part and do their job and that includes the fans.