Derby County coach Paul Simpson has refused to attach the word pressure to the club’s current situation looking ahead to the return of the domestic action this weekend, with quotes covered on the club’s website.
Derby’s difficult run of form has been well publicised, but the Rams coach has stressed that a common sense and logical approach to the situation will help the side to get out of trouble.
“It’s about being brave and I don’t mean by smashing into tackles, but in terms of wanting the ball and wanting it in tight areas,” said Simpson.
“I am not going to use the word pressure, it’s not that, but we’re in a situation and we must deal with things properly.”
“It we want to be up at the top we have to deal with the tough games and the footballing games, coming out on top in all of them.”
Derby have had plenty of time to reflect due to the international break and they have a difficult match over the Easter weekend against Watford.
They need to be right on the pace against the Hornets, because Watford have been one of the best attacking sides in the Championship this season.
There is plenty of talent in Derby’s team and it’s now crunch time for the experienced players to step forward and make the difference in key games for the club.
Derby have slid down the table but the club’s chances of promotion are still very good and it would be a major surprise if they don’t secure at least a play-off place by the end of the season.
If they are confined to the top six then if the side can master the art of winning with different styles, they can still avenge the heartbreak of defeat in the final to QPR last season.