Date:Friday January 27 2012
Pride Park Stadium
The Rams will take on Premier League Stoke City tomorrow in the fourth round of this season's FA Cup.
The Potters, who sit in eight place in the Premier League and reached the final of the competition last year, will provide formidable opposition, not because of their supposed one-dimensional long-ball tactics, but because they play good football and have solid Premier League players.
Tony Pulis has done a tremendous job at the Britannia Stadium and has paid tribute to The Rams in his pre-match comments.
As the game is reasonably local, Stoke will bring a large, vociferous support and the game should have a good atmosphere.
John Brayford was over the moon when he saw The Rams had drawn his hometown club in the cup: 'I was delighted when I saw the draw. As soon as it was made I had a load of texts from my mates and the banter started straight away.
'All my family and friends are from the area so personally, it's a good draw. From a Derby County perspective it's a really good chance for us to go toe-to-toe with a Premier League side competing in Europe.
'Hopefully we can put on a good performance, give them a game and hopefully progress to the next round.'
Ryan Noble has not been given permission to face Stoke so Nigel Clough may give youngster Mason Bennett a chance alongside Callum Ball.
James Bailey has been ill but is fit to play The Potters and should play although Jeff Hendrick played very well in the second half against Burnley.
Speedy trickster Ward will have to produce some of his magic to break down the Potters' defence.
He is consistently excellent but could well raise his game against Premier League opposition.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has no fresh injury worries.
He may decide to shake things up but will be keen to reach the final for a second year in a row.
Lanky frontman Crouch will provide a stern test for Shaun Barker and Jason Shackell at the heart of the Rams defence.
He has proved to be an excellent acquisition for Tony Pulis.
Derby County last 5:
Burnley (a) 0-0
Coventry City (h) 1-0
Crystal Palace (h) 1-0
Hull City (a) 1-0
West Ham United (h) 2-1
Stoke City last 5:
West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-2
Liverpool (a) 0-0
Gillingham (a) 3-1
Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-1
Wigan Athletic (h) 2-2
Barnsley vs. Derby County, Tue 31st January, 19:45pm, The Championship
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday January 27 2012
Championship MOTM February Nomination: McClaren (Thursday March 6 2014)
Championship POTM February Nomination: Forsyth (Thursday March 6 2014)
Vital Derby On Facebook (Monday March 3 2014)
Atkins Back At The iPro (Sunday March 2 2014)
Ten Man Rams Defeated At Burnley (Saturday March 1 2014)
Stats: Burnley v Derby County (Saturday March 1 2014)
Leftback Wanted? (Saturday March 1 2014)
Vital Derby On Twitter (Friday February 28 2014)
Hughes And Bamford Called-Up (Friday February 28 2014)
Russell Happy With Defensive Stability (Friday February 28 2014)
|Sheff Wed||0||-||1||Derby County|
|1. Leicester City||33||23||5||5||+30||74|
|3. Derby County||33||18||7||8||+18||61|
|LUFC Murphy - Next month is crucial for Leeds
» Leeds Utd : 08/03/2014 10:31:00
|Match Officials: Doncaster vs Huddersfield Town
» Huddersfield : 08/03/2014 10:23:00
|Pay On The Day at Doncaster
» Huddersfield : 08/03/2014 10:17:00
|Norwood amp; Paterson Return From Duty
» Huddersfield : 08/03/2014 10:11:00
|Barnsley v Nottingham Forest Match Preview
» Forest : 08/03/2014 10:06:00
|What The Bosses Say - FA Cup Time - City v Latics
» Wigan : 08/03/2014 10:02:00
|Vital poll result: Fans want Drenthe to start
» Reading : 08/03/2014 10:00:00