OPINION: Rams' trip to Burton is a must-win game

Gary Rowett
Gary Rowett

Derby head to the doomed Burton Albion in Saturday on the back of a footballing lesson from an excellent Wolves side

Outplayed and outclassed by the champions elect and without any real positives is the assessment of Wednesday night's live TV game! There's absolutely no point whatsoever in trying to put any other spin onto it!

Could Cameron Jerome get the nod against Burton?

Could Cameron Jerome get the nod against Burton?

Wolves have recruited well and the evidence is that they look like a team that could do very well in the Premier League. One has to applaud the way that they have done their business this season. They also have some tremendous backing at their disposal with their owners claimed to be amongst the richest in English football.

Derby were very lacklustre and fortunate to go away with only a 2-0 loss. This was a real men v boys type of game.The second goal by Neves was as good as any strike that you will see anywhere this season.

We have five games to go now and three wins will be needed in my opinion. Going to Burton on Saturday should be seen as a must-win game as their home form has been poor all season. They are now certainties for relegation and no excuses will be accepted should we fail to come up with the goods.

We need to get on the front foot very quickly and not allow our hosts to settle. I’m sure Gary Rowett will have a plan in hand and hopefully we won’t put pressure on ourselves by failing to accomplish the task.

Callum Guy, currently on loan at Bradford, could play a part in Derby's future.

Callum Guy, currently on loan at Bradford, could play a part in Derby's future.

Some fans are questioning whether we should actually be looking forward to the play-offs? Well in competitive sport you must aim as high as possible. Irrespective of the fact that the play-offs can be a lottery, a team is judged on its performance over the whole of a season. It might be a big ask in some people's eyes, but I for one want us to finish in the top six and at least have a chance to go all the way.

Gong back to Saturday, what sort of team should Gary Rowett field? Well, I would rest Matej Vydra from the starting line up and play Kasey Palmer. In the number nine role I could see David Nugent being saved and Cameron Jerome starting. What I would like to see at some stage of the game is Luke Thomas getting a few minutes on the pitch.

There will be no big spending next season should we remain in the Championship and a few minutes here and there could be very valuable for the youngster. I'd suggest the likes of Thomas, Callum Guy and Timi Elsnik would have a part to play in a Championship campaign.

So onto The Pirelli Stadium we go and let's come back with three needed points!