Derby v Cardiff preview

Derby will go into their re-arranged game with Cardiff looking to claim a positive result to get them back in the playoffs tomorrow night.

Gary Rowett’s side has lost their last three matches in a row, losing to Wolves, Burton and Middlesbrough in the space of just under two weeks and that has left them outside the play-off places.

Meanwhile, Warnock’s Cardiff will be looking to keep hold of second place and if they win they will create a four-point gap between them and Fulham.

This game potentially could get Derby’s players more riled up after comments were made from Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and a video from Sean Morrison emerged with him mocking Richard Keogh and the team.

Warnock criticised Derby for postponing the original game back in March, saying on record,

“It’s scandalous, an absolute disgrace. We could lodge an official complaint with the Football League, but what’s the point?

“Although I’m bitterly disappointed, I’m not overly surprised after I heard Gary’s remarks earlier in the week about their injury crisis.

The decision to postpone the game was not done by Rowett but was done by safety officials at the ground, who made the decision to not play on the day due to snowy conditions.

Gary Rowett gave his thoughts on the upcoming game and in particular Warnock’s previous comments,

“Neil has created a bit of needle, I don’t think anyone else has stoked things up,” said Rowett. “I’ve got no problem with that.

“I still like the guy. It’s all a bit panto at times, though!

“My only worry is that I’ve come in this morning and the weather is a bit cold!”

The Cardiff boss had to say this about his counterpart in the dugout tomorrow,

“I think he’s a very good manager. I like Gary. I speak to him, well I have done in the past. He’s very much like myself, I hope he doesn’t mind me saying that.

“He’s very sincere and puts everything into his job. He likes players to give him everything and I think it was the right appointment and I think it will be long-term.”

The Yorkshireman also mentioned Derby as a whole,

“They’re a proper football club, and one I wish I could’ve managed in the past. They’ve always got a really loud backing and there’s a lot pressure on them to get into the playoffs. It’s set up to be a cracking game.”