Ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Don Goodman: Derby County will finish in top two if they do this

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland striker Don Goodman comments on Derby County’s chances of gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Don Goodman has suggested on Sky Sports’ FL 72 Review show that Derby County still have a good chance of automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Rams are currently second in the Championship table with 66 points from 36 matches, level on points with leaders Bournemouth but behind due to an inferior goal difference.

Steve McClaren’s side are going through a bad run of form at the moment, having failed to win any of their last three league games.

Derby suffered back-to-back defeats to Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion away from home, and conceded twice in injury time to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

The former Premier League outfit have a tough run of fixtures coming up, with games against promotion hopefuls Norwich City (A), Middlesbrough (H) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) this month to be followed by a clash against Watford (H) after the two-week international break.

Former Wolves striker Goodman believes that if Derby can pick up a reasonable number of points from their next four matches, then they stand a good chance of finishing in the top two.

“The next four games, they need to be taking a reasonable amount of points from those games,” the 48-year-old told Sky Sports’ Fl 72 Review show.

“That is a vicious run of games for Derby County,” added the former West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland striker. “If they come through that with a reasonable tally, then you would fancy their chances again of the top two.”

Derby are arguably the strongest team in the Championship, but picking up maximum points from their next four games will be a huge task.

The Rams’ defensive problems are there for all to see, and McClaren needs to do something about it soon.

Derby have conceded 11 goals in their last six games, and they simply cannot afford to make the same mistakes against the likes of Norwich and Middlesbrough.

The key game for the Rams will be against Norwich on Saturday. Winning at Carrow Road will not be easy, but dropping all three points on the road yet again could be psychologically devastating for Derby.

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