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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing longing to claim another goal for Derby County as he explains contract decision

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DerbyshireLive provides the most recent Derby County news as the hero of the Abbey Stadium victory considers his 100 Rams appearances and looks ahead to Saturday’s matchup with Carlisle.

Derby County players celebrates after Nathaniel Mendez-Laing opens the scoring at Cambridge United.

Even though he scored the game-winning goal for Derby County against Cambridge United on Saturday, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing still has one more goal to score this season.

His game-winning goal just before halftime at the Abbey Stadium means that Paul Warne’s team needs a point this weekend at home against Carlisle, the lowest team in the league, in order to advance. with Mendez-Laing’s focus squarely on the goal.

Anticipating the crucial 3 p.m. kickoff on Saturday in front of the Pride Park supporters, he stated: “It is huge and it will be quite important for us to complete it.” This was the original season’s objective, and we are currently ninety minutes away from achieving it.

“We have to give Carlisle our whole attention because we have work to do when we return on Monday. There is still one to go.

After making his 100th appearance for Derby in the team’s victory over the United States in January, the former Sheffield Wednesday winger signed a contract that will keep him with the team until the summer of 2026. Since then, he has talked about the sense of unity he feels at Derby.

“It is something I am proud of and hopefully there’s many more to come,” the 32-year-old said to RamsTV. I see a true sense of unity among all the employees at Pride Park and Moore Farm, including the coaches, players, and spectators.

There is nothing more I could want for; it’s a place where I feel truly at ease and settled. I adore the club and everything about it, and I feel really at home there overall. And when you’re in a better place, it does help with your on-field performances.

Mendez-Laing has been a key player for Warne’s club, which enters the Carlisle game three points ahead of Bolton in third place and with a superior goal differential. He has tallied ten goals since that game at Cambridge and was chosen in the League One club of the Season.

“I was thrilled to get the goal, but together we finished the job,” he continued. The defense played a great job throughout the challenging game.

“I was just praying it wasn’t going to be one of those days for us because I had hit the crossbar a few minutes before. But collectively, I believe we were deserving of the victory.

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