HEAD coach Steve McClaren has warned his Derby County players and supporters to ignore Millwall’s lowly position in the Championship.
The Rams will look to strengthen their promotion push when they face the Lions at the iPro Stadium tomorrow, and McClaren knows every game throws up a fresh challenge.
“To be fair, I think people said that before we played Yeovil, and what a hard game that was,” said McClaren, recalling the 3-2 victory in which Derby had to recover from being two down at half-time.
Millwall boss Ian Holloway admits Derby are favourites going into the game.
“We will be underdogs before every game because of our form, and going to Derby will be no different,” said the former Crystal Palace and Blackpool chief.
Holloway’s team are without a win in seven matches and the Lions have recorded just one victory in 16 away games this season.
They have conceded more goals than any other team in the division and sit one point above the relegation places.
“I have seen enough of Millwall to know it’ll be tough,” said McClaren.
“I saw them at home to Brighton and how they lost I don’t know.
“I also saw them away to Barnsley, and how they lost that I don’t know.
“He (Ian Holloway) has got them together.
“If we are not at our best and at it, they can cause us problems.”
DERBY County defender Kieron Freeman has joined League One club Sheffield United on a month’s loan.
The 21-year-old only returned from a loan spell at Notts County earlier this week, but McClare said: “Kieron needs to play, he is at that age.
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“It is important our players play if they are no involved with us.”
Freeman has made seven appearances for Derby this season but the Welsh under-21 international has not figured since the Capital One Cup defeat at Leicester in September.
He joins up again with former Rams manager Nigel Clough, who is in charge at Sheffield United.
Freeman’s Derby team mate Ben Davies is also on loan at Bramall Lane.