Derby aim to do to Norwich City what they did to QPR

Rams defender Russell Anderson says Derby need to use their goalless draw at leaders QPR last week as their inspiration at Carrow Road this afternoon.

Anderson says his team have nothing to fear from high-flying Norwich – the proof being the Loftus Road performance a week ago.

'We put in a very good performance at QPR and we deserved the point we got in the end,' he said. 'We had the best chance of the game as well, so we could have won it.

'Norwich are having a great time of it right now, but there's no reason why we can't do it again at Carrow Road.'

Derby were beaten 4-2 at home by Burnley on Saturday and had striker Jamie Ward sent off – which means he misses today's clash. But Anderson believed the scoreline flattered Burnley.

'It looked comfortable for Burnley in the end, but it wasn't the case for an hour,' said Anderson.

'I don't think anyone can criticise the players for the effort that went into the game.

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'Going down to 10 men changed the nature of the game and in the hot weather they made the extra man advantage count.

'We looked dangerous early on deserved to be ahead, but we couldn't carry it on.'

Anderson made his first start since the opening day of the season at left-back in place of the ill Gareth Roberts, and admitted he was delighted to be back in action.

He said: 'I must admit, I didn't expect to be playing at full-back!

'I was just delighted to be out there playing again from the start, because it has been a long time.'