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Given the off-the-field issues which have led to restrictions on transfers, Wayne Rooney will be delighted that Derby have already collected five points this season.
There is a strong argument that it should have been more after conceding two last-gasp goals at Peterborough United, but last weekend’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough kept things ticking over before the first international break.
While there are signs that scoring goals could prove to be an issue without Colin Kazim-Richards in the side, Phil Jagielka and Curtis Davies have formed a promising partnership at the back.
Although other players are available to step into the side for the veteran pair, their experience has helped the Rams to consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Their know-how could also prove vital this weekend with some of the club’s younger players having to contend with a showdown against their neighbours in front of a packed Pride Park for the first time.
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Derby County head into Saturday’s East Midlands derby with Nottingham Forest looking to cement their place in mid-table of the Championship.
Meanwhile, Forest have lost each of their four second-tier fixtures this season, leaving Chris Hughton’s side as the only team without a point in the