Nigel Clough: Leeds clash still so special for Derby Countyfans
DERBY County against Leeds United still has a special ring to it, says Rams manager Nigel Clough.
Clough's father, Brian, was in charge at Derby when they had some ding-dong battles with Don Revie's Leeds in the late 1960s and early 70s.
Today, the Rams will look to stretch their winning run against the Yorkshire club to eight matches.
And the Championship fixture is likely to attract the biggest crowd to Pride Park since the opening-day draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
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The 27,437 attendance against Wednesday was boosted by 6,000 Owls fans.
The Leeds game is expected to attract a crowd of around 25,000 with the visitors having sold more than 3,000 tickets.
Derby's average gate this season is 21,997.
Clough has a 100% success rate in four matches against Leeds as Rams boss but he is wary of the record.
"Derby against Leeds always has a special ring to it, and we've had a few cracking games against them in the last few years, especially at Pride Park," said Clough.
"It's the next one down from the Forest game in terms of importance for the fans and it's a great game for us to go into, especially off the back of last weekend's loss at Leicester.
"We've had a few good results against Leeds lately and we are aware that statistics like the ones we have in our favour have to come to an end sometime but, hopefully, not today."
Leeds are looking for a fourth successive League win for the first time in three years after beating Crystal Palace, Leicester and Huddersfield Town.
Boss Neil Warnock says his side have responded perfectly to claims that their season was dead in the water.