There are three simple and reasonable points Steve McClaren could make ahead of every Derby game, which will help to get the side promoted.
Derby County have suffered a blip with their last three results, but they have a chance to respond in the best possible way against Norwich this weekend.
The real test for Steve McClaren and his side is how they react and show that they have learned from their mistakes.
There are three points based on the last three games McClaren could stress ahead of every match for the rest of the season and if it helps to get the side promoted, fantastic.
Start every game well
In the match against Brighton, Derby seemed off the pace in the opening minutes.
The side need to be on the pulse from the start of every match, in the faces of the opposition and pressing to try and take control of matches.
Start well and put the opposition on the back foot and an early goal gives the side something to defend.
Derby need to be patient through every match because things aren’t always going to happen after a good start to a game.
The run of the ball and the odd decision will go against the side, which could make things difficult for the team to hit the back of the net.
Frustration and impatience leads to recklessness and a need to be calm and patient will come from the more experienced players in the squad.
Take good chances
With Chris Martin and Darren Bent out of action, it’s important all attacking players weigh in and take the chances when they come.
If the defence can battle hard and keep clean sheets, the job of the attack is made a little bit easier. Hopefully they’ve learned a lesson from the capitulation against Birmingham.
It’s simple but goals win matches and take the pressure off of the entire side.