Exeter City boss explains why his side can cause Derby County upset

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Derby County make the trip to Exeter City this evening

Derby County's next challenge comes in the form of a very long away trip to Exeter City.

The Rams will make the 400 mile plus round trip as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw to Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

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Paul Warne's side sit in second place as things stand whereas Exter City are in 13th, however they have been in excellent form lately and could provide a real test.

The Grecians' manager Gary Caldwell is confident that his side are capabale of beating high flying Derby. He told DevonLive: “They are a huge club, expect to be in the Championship, if not higher, and will come with big expectations and a big following, but it is a game with a full house behind us, we can cause another upset like we have been doing recently.

"We have won some big football matches but this will be another huge challenge and we have to be ready to win a big game."

Caldwell's side have won four out of their last five games, including wins against promotion contending Peterborough and Barnsley. They will be well up for the challenge tonight.

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The Exeter boss added: “We have been fantastic out of possession the last few games and that gives us a big chance to win.

"The goals at Wigan were fortuitous but when you are working hard, it gives you the chance that one goal wins the game and gives you something to hold onto.

"We are in a good place, we have to keep building, there are things in possession we can get better at, but the confidence and belief is there.”

However, despite Caldwell's confidence, the reverse fixture was very much in favour of the Rams. A 2-0 win at Pride Park gave Derby the chance to show their dominance back in November in what was one of the better performances all year long.

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Caldwell is wary about the strength of the Rams and ackknowledges despite his confidence, that it will be a tough game. He continued: "It was a really tough game at their place, they were dominant.

"We know it will be difficult, we have to recover and prepare, use the squad, but we will be ready for another big effort and performance under the lights and we hope the fans keep their voice as they will need it."

Derby County's match against Exeter kicks off this evening at 7:45pm.

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