Paul Clement shares the strong message he's given to Derby County's squad

Derby County have moved to second in the Championship table.

Paul Clement has told Derby County’s official site that he has been telling his players to ensure their standards do not drop, even when they are not in the team.

Derby have one of the largest squads in the Championship, and it means that many of their players have had to spend time on the sidelines this term.

The likes of Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann and Alex Pearce have all had to sit on the substitutes’ bench for much of the campaign to date, but Clement does not want a lack of first team opportunities to be an excuse for his players to switch off.

“It’s a strong message that I have given to all the players - they must be ready when they aren’t in the side,” he said.

“I can only be very satisfied with the team ethic, especially those behind the starting players.

“It’s good to have healthy competition - we want everyone in the squad pushing each other so they are ready to take their opportunity.”

Clement’s message to his Derby players certainly seems to have the desired impact so far, as his side have been one of the most impressive sides in the division this season.

The Rams went into the campaign as one of the promotion favourites, but they actually made a slow start.

Derby were the draw specialists at the start of the term, but since a defeat against Leeds United in August they have been a team transformed.

Derby have lost just one of their last 17 matches, which has moved them up to second in the Championship table.

The Rams’ next fixture comes against Fulham on Boxing Day.

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