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WATCH: PAUL COOK'S DERBY COUNTY PREVIEW

4 March 2019

The gaffer looks ahead to Tuesday night's trip to Derby County, with the aim of starting off a difficult run of away matches by adding points to the tally.

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Paul Cook on Saturday's draw with Middlesbrough

"We're looking forward to the game, even more so because I thought the lads were excellent against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

"We competed really well and worked really hard. We were full value for a point against a very strong Middlesbrough team."

Paul Cook on visiting Derby County

"It's a great game in prospect at a fantastic arena to play football in.

"Derby are a new challenge for us and a very exciting one for us and our fans.

"Frank (Lampard) is getting into the guts of management now and their recent results are something we all go through.

"He's had such a great start as a manager with the cup run, the win at Old Trafford and doing fantastically well in the league.

"All of a sudden, like everyone, they've come to a point were injuries have creeped in, but that's what management is about and I'm sure the last week or so has been a great learning experience for Frank.

"We're playing for three points, it's what you do in every month of the season, but naturally because of where both teams are in the league table, the game becomes heightened for different reasons."

Paul Cook on away support

"We've had such strong away support all season. I know and I appreciate how difficult it is for our fans to travel to all of the games geographically and financially. We appreciate every bit of support we get and hopefully after we come away from Blackburn we have a few more points than we do currently, that's for sure."

Paul Cook on upcoming matches

"The message will always be the same from me because there's a points tally out there for us to gain and once we gain that points tally it will be very hard for teams below to touch us.

"Within that we're going to have to win football matches. We've got games to go at and we've got a game in hand against Derby. If we can come back with a victory it will be a big morale boost for the group and for our supporters.

"It's challenging away from home. The lads have worked really hard through the winter. We've had our injuries like everyone has had and we've come through that now with our squad in great shape.

"We're having to leave lads out of the travelling squad to go to Derby, so for us, we've had a lot of that pain and now we're looking to produce results to retain our status as quickly as possible and the best way to do that is to put points on the board."


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