DERBY County will look to take advantage of Bolton Wanderers’ early season struggles tonight and make club history.
Bolton go into the Championship clash at the Reebok Stadium, kick-off 8pm, sitting joint bottom of the table and without a league win, while the Rams can boast a 100 per cent record on the road.
Saturday’s 5-1 victory at Millwall means they have won three successive away league games at the start of the season for the first time since 1912.
A fourth successive away league win tonight would set a record.
They have beaten Brighton, Yeovil and Millwall.
“To score 10 goals away from home in the first three league games is incredible,” said manager Nigel Clough.
“The first goal settles you down, as we saw at Yeovil and Millwall.
“We have conceded the first goal in two of the first three games at home. You are chasing the game from that moment and then you are vulnerable to the counter-attack.”
Bolton have taken one point from nine at the Reebok. They have drawn with Reading and lost against QPR and Leeds.
Clough says there is plenty of time this season for Bolton to turn things around.
“We are only six games in,” said Clough. “They have got another 40 games, another 120 points to play for, so there is plenty of time for any team.
“Dougie (Bolton manager Dougie Freedman) feels they have played well at times but they are conceding a few too many goals, which is unusual for them, but they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“Yes, we’re trying to take advantage of teams that are may be a bit low on confidence at home, but Bolton have got to win at some time and I just hope it’s not tonight.”
Derby are likely to be unchanged for tonight’s game.
They will check on forward Jamie Ward as they continue to manage his number of starts in a bid to avoid the hamstring trouble that blighted him last season.
The Rams were able to substitute Ward after 58 minutes of Saturday’s 5-1 win at Millwall. They were 3-0 up at the time.
“Jamie should be fine with him playing less than an hour at Millwall,” said Clough.
“He is looking good, physically, and feeling good at the moment.
“I hope it’s another sign of the progress he’s making and the strengthening work he’s been doing on his hamstrings, and also the fact we’ve not risked him too much early season.”