Derby County Preview and manager's update
As the international break draws to a close, Sheffield FC and Derby County will compete on a friendly match, writes Luke Phelps, as both teams look for some last-minute preparation before this weekend’s fixtures.
Visitors Derby County will be lead by development coach and former Premier League midfielder Rory Delap. The Rams, who are 121 places above Sheffield FC in the English Football league, are 7th in the Championship table losing just 1 of the last 8 games.
Speaking on the upcoming match, Sheffield FC manager Mark Shaw has said “I have to thank Rory Delap for bringing a team up to play us and helping to create a really good link between Derby County and ourselves”.
“The games is being used by both teams to help progression and development. From our point of view this is a great opportunity to create a strong link with top quality highly ambitious and organised football club”.
Shaw has been experimenting with his team recently, and made 8 changes to the side that beat Newcastle Town 4-3 at the weekend.
“Tomorrow is a chance for us to gain match fitness, match practice, a chance to create better cohesion and gel the players and the way we play together”.
“We are playing catch up and we need to keep the players active as much as possible. The players did really well on Saturday and we want to keep them playing the right way”.
Despite that memorable win at the weekend, Sheffield remain 20th in the Evo-Stik First Division South – 3 points above the relegation spot.
Next up for club is a tough trip to 2nd place Alvechurch this coming Saturday.