Derby looking for historic Ram raid against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok
DERBY County head to the Reebok tonight looking for another Rams raid on away soil.
Nigel Clough’s men aided Wanderers by inflicting a 5-1 hammering on Millwall and sending them below the Whites at the foot of the Championship table on Saturday.
It was a third successive away league win for the division’s form side and another three points on the road tonight would be a club first for the men from Pride Park.
The Millwall triumph saw Derby win their first three away games for the first time in 101 years – and they also won at Oldham in the Capital One Cup first round.
It is an achievement that is all the more impressive after Clough’s side ended last season with an awful away record of just three victories all campaign.
A fourth win against Wanderers would create club history and coach Andy Garner hopes it will happen.
He said: “We were superb at home last season and now can’t get a league win at Pride Park.
“It was a mixed bag away from home and now we’ve won four on the spin – incredible.
“Whether it’s a confidence thing now, I don’t know.
“In away games, the emphasis is on the home team to come at us.
“Long may this run continue because there’s nothing better than getting on the bus when you’ve got a long trip home with three points in the bag.”
Despite the Rams’ confidence after hitting five goals in two of their last three matches, Garner is not taking anything for granted tonight despite Wanderers’ troubles at the wrong end of the table.
Derby have failed to beat the Whites in the last four meetings home and away, stretching back 11 years, having lost on their last two visits to the Reebok.
Garner added: “They’ve not had a great start but it’ll be a tough game.
“But we are looking forward to it.”