By George Brooks
Derby County boss Gary Rowett is expecting a hostile atmosphere at Elland Road, ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Leeds.
Leeds side have lost five of their last seven league games and risk dropping out of the play-off places with another defeat to Rowett’s Rams.
However, despite the Whites’ poor form, the Derby manager is expecting a tough game.
“It was a really hostile environment, we know what it’s like there,” Rowett told the club’s official website.
“They’re not in great form but I’m sure they will be highly motivated so we have to go there and do another fantastic job,” he added.
Derby are one point behind Leeds in the table and can overtake their opponents with a victory, but have struggled at Elland Road in recent seasons.
They are without a win in their last four away league games against Leeds, with striker Chris Wood scoring the winner when the sides last met at Elland Road in February.
However, the Rams go into this game in good form. They are unbeaten in their last six Championship games, a run of three draws, followed by three straight victories.
They have not lost back-to-back matches against Leeds since August 2004.
Rowett recalled playing for Derby in a seven-goal thriller between the two sides at Elland Road in 1997, when the home side came from three goals down to win 4-3.
“Whenever anyone mentions Elland Road, I remember that fateful night that we went 3-0 up, then Harry Kewell scored just before half time and the crowd lifted,” he said.
“They scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute and you knew what was coming. The atmosphere was electric and they scored the winner to make it 4-3.”
In other Leeds news, this 26-year-old will miss the Rams clash through injury.