George Thorne wants to make Derby County's home ground a fortress

Derby County have only lost once this season at home.

George Thorne has told Derby County’s official website that the team are aiming to make the iPro Stadium a fortress this season.

The Rams have made no secret of their desire to be promoted this term, and they want their home form to drive them into the top-two.

Derby have lost just one home match all season, and Thorne says that they are determined to keep that record intact ahead of the visit of table-topping Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

“We’re confident and pleased with how things are going - our form at home has been good of late and it would be fantastic to get another win this weekend," Thorne said. 

“They really push us on at home and hopefully we can continue to make the iPro Stadium a fortress."

“We want to make our home ground tough for teams to visit and we’ve been doing that in the last few months.”

Derby’s only home defeat this season came against Leeds United, and that loss seems to have been the turning point in their campaign.

The Rams struggled during their first few matches under Paul Clement’s stewardship, but they have improved considerably – and they now sit in third place in the Championship.

Derby’s home form is currently the sixth best in England’s second tier, but their good run is set to be tested on Saturday, with the visit of the league leaders.

Brighton are yet to be beaten this season, and they will travel to the iPro Stadium full of confidence, after overturning a two-goal deficit in their last fixture against Charlton Athletic.

If Derby are able to beat Brighton, they will close the gap on Chris Hughton’s side to one point, and take a big step closer to promotion.

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