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The Rams take on their Sky Bet Championship rivals in the second round of the Carabao Cup

Derby County return to action with a Carabao Cup second round tie against Preston North End.

The Rams will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Reading in their Championship season opener.

Phillip Cocu’s men now turn their attention back to the cup, having edged past Barrow on penalties in the first round following a goalless draw.

Now they face Championship rivals Preston, who beat Mansfield Town 4-0 in their first round tie before going down 1-0 at Swansea City in the league over the weekend.

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Derby’s new signing Nathan Byrne is unavailable as he is cup-tied after playing for Wigan Athletic in the previous round.

Skipper Wayne Rooney could get match minutes under his belt after returning from injury as a substitute against Reading.

Martyn Waghorn and Duane Holmes remain sidelined with muscle injuries, while Tom Lawrence (shoulder) and Krystian Bielik (knee) are still working their way back to fitness.

Derby’s head goalkeeping coach Shay Given: “In any game and in any competition, you want to win. That is the bottom line, you want to win and move on to the next game.

“If we can do that, then it means everyone would come in on Wednesday and Thursday in a really good mood, in a positive frame of mind ahead of our game at Luton on Saturday in the league, and change the feeling we had after Saturday against Reading.

“That is just the natural human nature side of losing a game of football, you feel disappointed. We want to bounce back now; we want to beat Preston and we want to move on to the next round.

“We have to get on some sort of roll and be consistent throughout the season. The games are going to come thick and fast – normally the Championship is quite hectic as it is and now this season is going to be even more hectic.

“That is why the squad will be important both in the league and in the cups and we have to use that as best we can to get the results we want.”

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Preston boss Alex Neil: “For the lads who are going to play in the game, it is Championship opposition and it is a good test for us to go there and show what we can do, leading up to a big game at the weekend.

“I had some really difficult dilemmas on Saturday in terms of the team. There are a few players who could quite easily have started and it was a really tough decision, so I am looking forward to seeing them play.

“I am sure they are looking forward to showing me that arguably they should have played on Saturday, which is great and then they can put themselves in contention for the weekend.”

On Derby, Neil added: “They have added a few players, but they have sold a few players as well.

« I wouldn’t say they are in transition, but they sold two full backs for big money and they had a few keys players on Saturday out injured.

“Waghorn was missing, Lawrence was missing, Bielik is still out and Duane Holmes had a knock as well. So, if you look at their squad, the majority of these are players they have spent vast amounts of money on and are quality players at this level.

“So, if you are missing players like this, it takes a lot out of your team, because they move for big money because they are good players. I am sure Phillip will be frustrated if they are not available, but he still has some good players.

“They are a good side – we had some tough games against them last season. Both games I felt we could have got something from, but we have to go there with the best intentions of trying to win this match.”


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