Derby County Ladies Football Club

Griffiths Relishing Special Match

Derby County Ladies Manager Sam Griffiths is relishing Sunday’s game with local rivals Nottingham Forest Ladies, a game that is being played at Pride Park Stadium and is expected to attract a bumper crowd with ticket sales already over 1000.

However, Griffiths has ensured that the focus on the pitch has been kept low-key and that expectations have not risen in what will no doubt be a pressure game and a test of the Ewe Rams new found mental strength.

Griffiths said “When we discussed playing the Nottingham Forest match at Pride Park, we sat down with the board and each and every one of us thought it was a fantastic idea and something that would be a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

“In the past, we have probably not played at our best when in high-pressure environments and we wanted to ensure that the hype off the pitch, which we knew would be their, was not transferred over to the squad and that the occasion would get to them.

“Credit where credit is due, apart from the initial player photoshoot, the board have left us to get on with what we do best and have done all the work and not involved us so that we can concentrate in creating plans and ensuring that we are well prepared for Sunday.

“I think both teams will relish playing at Pride Park and will rise to the occasion and not only showcase women’s football but showcase East Midlands football at its best. I can’t wait and hopefully it will be us that come out on top and we leave what looks like a fantastic crowd, entertained.”

On the back of last Sunday’s 3-1 win in the FA Women’s National League Cup against Bedworth United Ladies, Griffiths believes she had the first real test of her management career after going behind to lower league opposition and whilst happy she came through, would rather avoid a repeat against a well organised Nottingham Forest Ladies side.

“We weren’t at the races in the first-half last week, it was all credit to Bedworth, they stifled us and we needed to change tactics to adapt and get through and thankfully we did that and it was a more pleasing second-half that we dominated and eventually cracked their solid defence.

“I think it was a great test of our mental strength, I am a big believer in that and it’s something we’ve probably lacked before and why we did a lot of work on it in pre-season. That’s why I believe we will not fold like we have done in the past on the big occasion.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game with Nottingham Forest Ladies can still be bought online by visiting the Official Derby County website. The ticket office will also be open on Sunday to get your tickets from 11am right up until Kick-Off with Derby County Season Ticket Holders free and just £3 for Adults and £1 for Under 18’s.

Also on the day, the Toyota Suite at Pride Park will be holding a Ramtiques Roadshow from 12 Noon, showcasing the history of the club with photos, trophies and much more. All visitors welcome and a must see for all Rams fans.