Derby County youngster says team must "put it right" in Saturday's game against Cheltenham Town

Liam Thompson has broke into Derby's starting XI this season with some impressive performances
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Derby County midfielder Liam Thompson says that Derby need to improve this weekend against Cheltenham Town.

The 21 year-old recently came back from injury and has already began impressing again.

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However, Derby have not over the past week, the Rams are winless in two games and haven't scored in that time.

Paul Warne's side go into the weekend desperate to put right the two poor performances and come away from Saturday's game with three points.

Liam Thompson spent over two months on the sidelines earlier in the year and had his first league start since he returned on Tuesday night against Reading.

The midfielder spoke to Rams TV about his increased game time, he said: "Having that first league start for three months now, it feels like I’ve overcome it, I’m starting to pick more minutes up now.

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"I feel as good as I did before, with all the rehab I feel like I've come back feeling stronger."

Thompson has made 12 league appearances so far this season, scoring once along the way.

The midfielder said that he and the rest of the team are all still very focused on the goal of promotion, he added: "I think as a group we've got the end goal of getting promoted, since the start of the season, my goals were just to get as many minutes as possible.

"I think when you come back youre just hoping to be involved as much as you can and stay injury free until the end of the season."

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Derby come off the back of a poor 1-0 defeat against Reading on Tuesday night and prior to that, they also dropped points with a 0-0 draw to Lincoln.

The Rams had been on a fantastic run before that, but they seem to have stalled briefly, something that Thompson says is a disappointment to the team.

He said: "The lads are disappointed not just with the result but with the performance, it was nowhere near our standards.

"Because we've been on such a good run, when you lose one it’s a kick in the throat. But it gives us another opportunity to go on another run, we know we've got to put it right on Saturday."

Derby County kick off against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 27 January at 3pm.