Rams fans' panel: Luca Gallone gives his views on Derby County
DON'T get me wrong. Derby's support is sensational.
Despite a slight dip this campaign, an average home attendance of over 23,000 for a Championship side destined for mid-table obscurity is admirable.
However, I surely can't be alone in leaving Pride Park with a sour taste in my mouth, even when proceedings have only marginally drifted astray.
Many a time have I witnessed boos at half-time following a more than acceptable performance in which the score is tied.
This is not a given but, if the Rams find themselves behind, it most certainly is.
As far as the fans are concerned (often a minority, I may add), the scoreline alone should determine the reaction the players leave the pitch to, regardless of the performance.
A perfect example of this is the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Rams' previous home game.
Truth be told, Nigel Clough's men did everything but score against Ian Holloway's promotion contenders, only to be rocked by a sucker punch when Palace took advantage of a fortunate ricochet to cash in with the only goal. On another day, the hosts would have emerged with a deserved victory.
Yet, walking away from Pride Park with my friend, I couldn't help but vent my disillusionment with the all-consuming negativity which swamps everything in its wake and can do nothing but sap the energy from the Rams players.
Take Conor Sammon, for instance.
The Irish striker arrived with inevitably high expectations, considering his £1.2m price tag.
Admittedly, his displays haven't always been vintage and supporters may have anticipated a higher goals tally but I do feel he's often subjected to unfair criticism.
Whatever your opinion, there is no doubt that, particularly at home, the front man is under pressure to perform.
It feels as if supporters are waiting eagerly to pounce on the first mistake he makes and subsequently hurl abuse in his direction.
It's impossible for any player to express themselves when they are almost afraid to do so without feeling the wrath of the crowd.
Although I do own a Rams season ticket, I'm one of a fair few to offer my support to Burton Albion as well.
It's the cynical attitude of certain members of the Rams fan base which often nudges me further and further towards the Brewers.
Albion are a small club with low expectations – the polar opposite of the Rams.
Brewers faithful often afford themselves a giggle at the so-called "bigger" clubs in League Two (Oxford, Bradford, I'm talking to you), who reckon they should be destroying a "tinpot" side like Burton.
They joke that fans of those sorts of sides have "big-club syndrome".
It is arguable the Rams have a touch of that themselves.
The trick is to accept reality (that Derby have next to no money) and the fact that you're in that position for a reason.
Let the team get on with it and offer them all the support you can give to help them in their quest.