A good start to the season in Derby… but it was just the start. 45 more games to go, plenty of ups and downs to come. Let’s try to keep ourselves on the up against Barnsley this Saturday.
New Royals boss Veljko Paunović is looking to oversee his first win at Madejski Stadium since being appointed; Barnsley are hopeful of getting their tally ticking for the season. If our side puts in the kind of display that they produced away at Derby last weekend, we’ll give ourselves every chance of three more points.
The Tykes’ start to this season has been mixed. Wins over fellow Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough have earned them a plum tie at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup next Wednesday… but their only league game ended up in a home defeat to Luton.
Yakou Méïté is back in contention after serving his three-game ban – he and George Pușcaș were both on the scoresheet when we last played Barnsley, as we won 2-0 at Madejski Stadium before lockdown.
But it's a new season, a new system, and we'll need to earn anything that we get.
By way of reminder, all supporters who wish to watch our games at the start of the 2020-21 will need to purchase an iFollow Match Pass.
Priced at £10 for fans in the UK and Ireland or £7 overseas, it’s your ticket to see the main event – and to watch on your computer, tablet or phone.
Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.