"You have to ride your luck at times": Paul Warne on Derby County's 'different' Exeter City trip

Derby County vs Exeter City kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday 13 February
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Paul Warne's Derby County will be disappointed to come off a 1-1 draw to Shrewsbury at the weekend.

The Rams dominated possession but couldn't find that second goal that would've earnt them three points.

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They have a short turnaround as they face Exeter City this evening at St James' Park. A win would help put some pressure on league leaders Portsmouth who currently sit six points ahead of the Rams.

Warne reflected on his side's draw at the weekend and emphasised how much of a disappointment it was. Talking to Rams TV, he said: "I think I got the shape wrong and that's my fault, I take full responsibility.

"In the first half, there wasn't much between the teams but in the second half we were a lot more like ourselves. In League One, every game is difficult and of late we've won many matches by not creating a lot but we've conceded very few goals, there's really not much in it.

"If we would have won 1-0 on Saturday, I would have still been disappointed we didn't have a better grip of the game. To win, you have to ride your luck at times, take your chances and sometimes you need a bounce of the ball at the other end."

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Derby opponents this evening will be feeling very different about their form. The Grecians have won four of their last five games including wins against promotion contenders Peterborough and Barnsley.

A busy week will end in a clash against promotion chasing Stevenage too, which gives the Rams two games in a week that will really test their abilities.

Paul Warne says that he needs to take each game individually, he added: "Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon are two different games.

"Exeter and Stevenage definitely play different ways, so it may take different systems and different players to get the best out of us. We've watched the last three Exeter games so I know how good they are.

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"We also know Stevenage's strengths and how they are going to play and we will pick a different look to our team, possibly, for that game."

Derby's game tonight kicks off at 7.45pm when Paul Warne will be hoping his side can bounce back to winning ways.