Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley believes Derby County should be higher in the Championship table with the players at their disposal, the Examiner report.
The Rams host Huddersfield Town at Pride Park on Saturday.
Derby won the corresponding fixture 2-1 on the opening day of the season. Since then, however, manager Phillip Cocu has faced several difficulties in the East Midlands.
Speaking to reporters, Danny Cowley believes the Rams should be faring better.
They have really good players and should be higher in the league than they are but have really good home form. We don’t want to be disrespectful to Derby as a club and the other players they have got at their disposal. They have lots of good players there. Wayne Rooney is a world class player, no doubt. We look forward to pitting our wits against him and his Derby team.
Derby have endured a testing campaign both on and off the pitch.
The Rams lost so much talent last summer. Harry Wilson topped the scoring charts with 18 goals, Mason Mount was the team’s most creative player while defender Fikayo Tomori won the Player of the Year award. Combined the loan trio would fetch £80 million plus.
Last summer’s loan signings Kieran Dowell and Jamie Paterson returned to their parent clubs in January. Krystian Bielik, meawhile, picked up a season-ending injury.
Throw in the drink-driving incident which saw club captain Richard Keogh sacked plus the FFP charges and it’s admirable to see the way Cocu has navigated everything.
The Rams go into the game 13th in the Championship table. Ten points behind the top six and 13 points clear of the bottom three. Progress in recent weeks is evident.
Huddersfield, on the other hand, have struggled since their relegation from the Premier League last season. The Terriers are five points clear of the bottom three.