Derby striker David Nugent says the international break is a key time for the team to spend as much time as possible adapting to new manager Gary Rowett’s philosophy.
The majority of Rams players returned to training today following the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in Rowett’s first match in charge.
The new Derby manager only had three days with his players before the match with their local rivals last Saturday, but now has two weeks to work with the team.
Nugent, who scored to put County 2-1 up at the weekend, has said that the squad will use this time wisely to adapt to the new manager’s style of play.
“He (Gary Rowett) is still trying to get his ideas across to us. We have only had three days of training with him and we know as players what he wants as players,” he said.
Steve McClaren was sacked with Derby ten points from the play-offs, but you can never say never in the Championship.
Nugent says that Rowett wants them to play more direct and attacking, compared to the keep-ball philosophy under McClaren.
“Under the old boss, our game was very possession-based and we wanted to keep the ball, but this manager wants us to play far more penetrating balls in behind and get up the pitch as quickly as possible.
“At this point, some of the players are going to be going away on international duty, but for some of us, this is a key time for us to knuckle down as the gaffer tries to get his ideas across so that we are ready for the Queens Park Rangers game in two weeks’ time.”
Derby’s next match is against QPR on Friday March 31 with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.