‘Maybe the pressure is starting to show’ on Derby County manager Gary Rowett, says Kenny Burns


Reds legend Kenny Burns is confident survival has been secured now – putting the odds of going down at ‘1,000-1’

I think that’s Nottingham Forest safe now, after that point against Derby County.

There’s a 15-point gap between us and the bottom three, so I’d be surprised if we got dragged into a relegation battle now.

But that doesn’t mean the players should be taking their foot off the pedal.

They still need to battle, just in case. And they should still be busting a gut to try to finish the season well – because that will help build some momentum for next year. That would mean we can go into the next campaign feeling a lot more optimistic.

We’re not going to win the league and we’d be very, very unfortunate to go down now – the odds are probably 1,000-1 – so there’s no pressure on Forest.

That means they can play with a bit of freedom. But it’s up to the manager, Aitor Karanka, to make sure the players don’t get complacent and start thinking of their summer holidays. This is where the manager needs to come into his own, keeping the squad focused.

He needs to make it clear that if players don’t keep performing, they will be dropped. I’m sure he will. He won’t stand for any slacking off.

What really impressed me on Sunday was seeing our players willing to throw their bodies on the line. That’s what gave me heart, seeing players giving it everything.

That’s what you would expect them to do, but it’s something we’ve not actually been doing over the last couple of years.

I thought it was a good, battling performance. Everyone worked hard.

I was more optimistic going into that game than I have been for a couple of years now. Alright, we didn’t win, but I still think it was a decent point.

We just could have done with some better quality balls into the box, because some of them weren’t very good. We’d get a cross in and the first man would clear it away, which is no use.

When you’ve got one of your centre-halves up there, you’ve got to give him a chance of being able to get his head on the ball. Instead, Derby were heading and kicking crosses away.

We just lacked that extra bit of quality.

I actually think the red card for Tom Huddlestone was a little bit harsh. But in the first half there was quite a lot of pushing on Lee Tomlin which didn’t get punished.

Gary Rowett didn’t like it, though. That’s maybe the pressure starting to show.

He’s under a lot of pressure, and I think we saw that at the end when he was complaining to the ref.

He’s a good manager, Gary, but I’ve never seen him as wound up as that.


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