Derby County defender issues warning to team mates after Barnsley defeat

Derby County face Charlton Athletic tonight
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Derby County will be looking to bounce back as they face Charlton Athletic at Pride Park tonight.

They fell to a strong Barnsley side at the weekend 2-1 where the Tykes were able to close the gap on the Rams.

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Paul Warne's side still sit in second, but are level on points with third-placed Bolton and just one point ahead of fourth-placed Barnsley.

Defender Ryan Nyambe told Rams TV that it was a tough loss to take, but the team needs to bounce back. He said: "It was a tough loss. Considering the other results as well, it hurt.

"We just have to pick ourselves up and go again. It's worse when others have dropped points around you because you know it's an opportunity to create a gap and you don't get many chances to do that."

A return to Pride Park could be exactly what the Rams need to get back to winning ways as they are unbeaten in four games at home.

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Making Pride Park something of a fortress is key for the remainder of the season according to Nyambe.

He said: "It's going to be massive. We have to make the most of our home games, make Pride Park a fortress and when teams come to us we have to be dominant and show them who we are."

The 26 year-old signed for the Rams in September as a free agent and has been an excellent addition. However, he was called up to the Namibia side that made it to the round of 16 in the Africa cup of Nations, so was away from Pride Park for most of January.

The Namibian watched the Rams during a strong spell of games and said he was excited for his teamates. He said: "I was watching every single game that I could.

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"I remember watching the Fleetwood Town game and I was buzzing when we got the 3-1 win. I was keeping a close eye on the matches and looking forward to getting back at the same time."

Paul Warne will be glad that Nyambe is back and fully involved again as he has shown some brilliant performances this season.

He will be hoping that he can make an impact tonight against Charlton.