Nigel Clough: Confidence and cash motivation for Derby County
NIGEL Clough believes his Derby County team is in good shape for a run in the FA Cup.
Derby face League One leaders Tranmere Rovers in a third-round tie at Pride Park Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
Clough has warned his players of the threat Tranmere pose and the manager is expecting a tough test.
The Rams go into the clash on a high following Tuesday's impressive performance and victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship.
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The win lifted them to 10th and only three points outside of the play-off places.
"We want a Cup run and we are in as good a shape as at any time in the last three years to have a run in the Cup," said Clough, who believes a cup run is important to the club on two fronts.
"Financially it is important and for confidence as well," he said.
"Financially, it can make a huge difference.
"You don't budget for cup runs and so anything you do make is a bonus.
"Of course, wins are always good for confidence.
"This is a tough tie but if we can get another positive result, it will take us into the Brighton game in good heart."