Nigel Clough reckons home games give Derby County chance to get over recent frustrations
DERBY County will look to put the frustration of their last two away games behind them when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers in back-to-back home matches in the space of four days.
Nigel Clough and his players felt they deserved more than one point from six against Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.
A 2-2 draw against Wednesday at Hillsborough was followed by a 2-1 defeat at Hull.
It is the second time this season the Tigers have edged out Derby.
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"I bet Hull didn't have five shots on target in the two games, yet they scored four goals against us," said Clough. "It is incredibly frustrating because we played well in both games."
Clough says the last two games highlights the progress Derby have made this season.
"We are now having almost the majority of the game in a lot of away matches, which is different to how we have been in the last few seasons," said Clough.
"We don't fear anybody when it comes to effort.
"We fear the physical side a little bit because the effort that the players have put into the last couple of games has been incredible.
"They sat for five minutes in the dressing room after the Hull game and they were absolutely shattered.
"I know we harp on about it but we cannot ask them to give any more effort. They gave every last ounce at Hull, every last ounce."
Derby are now back at Pride Park, where they have a solid record this season.
Only Cardiff City, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace have collected more points at home and only Leicester and Palace have scored more goals at home than Derby's 33 in 15 League matches.
Wolves arrive tomorrow having won five and drawn one of their 15 League games on the road.
They are without a win in nine and only goal difference is keeping them out of the bottom three.
Clough believes it is the adjustment needed following relegation from the Premier League that has caught out Wolves.
"The Championship is different, it is more hurly burly, you get less time on the ball," said Clough.
"When you look at the Prozone stats, the players in the Championship work harder than the players in the Premier League. That says a lot about the nature of the division.
"The quality is there for all to see in the Premier League but in terms of the grind and the 46 games in the Championship, teams that have been in the Premier League won't be used to that.
"What Wolves have is the talent to make the difference on the day. We saw that with Blackburn this season.
"All it needs is one or two to hit form on the day and they can punish you."
Former Rams striker Dean Saunders is still waiting for his first win as Wolves boss since being appointed last month.
"Dean started at Wrexham and did very well and had Doncaster Rovers up there this season challenging. Now he has a chance at Wolves," said Clough.
"But we know from our experience that it takes time.
"He has to spend quite a bit of the time sorting out the players, which ones he needs to keep for this division and which ones he doesn't.
"I don't think they are going to make it back this season. I think that is pretty obvious, so it is a question of keeping them in the division and then looking ahead to next season.
"It would be unthinkable that they could suffer back-to-back relegations but Bristol City, Barnsley and Peterborough might have something to say about that!"