Derby boss Steve McClaren believes Norwich City are ‘capable of beating anybody’

Derby County manager Steve McClaren. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Derby County manager Steve McClaren. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Derby County manager Steve McClaren remains wary of the quality Norwich City possess but has challenged his team to kick-start their season with a victory over the Canaries.

The Rams have won four and drawn one of their six matches since the former England boss returned to the club just 17 months since being sacked.

Three straight wins is in stark contrast to the visitors to the iPro Stadium on Saturday, who have lost four consecutive league games and look likely to slip out of the top six if that poor run continues.

'We need to really put a marker down, we really need to beat a big side, a top-six team and someone who is one of the favourites going for promotion – and I think Norwich are that, so this is a big test for us,' McClaren said.

'I've seen the games, they've got so much quality, Premier League quality, experience from that year in there.

'This team, I don't go on form, this team is capable of beating anybody, will soon come back to form and be amongst the top six.

'So we've got to disregard that and just focus on that this is a big game for us and it's an opportunity to put a marker down.'

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The last time the two club's met, when McClaren was still in charge at Derby, came during the 2014-15 Championship season.

City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw away from home in December when Neil Adams was still in charge, thanks to a late Steven Whittaker equaliser, and Jamie Hanson cancelled out Cameron Jerome's opener in the return match at Carrow Road in March after Alex Neil had taken charge of the Canaries.

For more from McClaren ahead of the match, press play on the video above.