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‘They have to’: Rival manager makes ‘strange’ Derby County admission in League One promotion claim



Derby County emerged as significant beneficiaries on the previous matchday, observing Bolton Wanderers stumble at home against Shrewsbury Town, conceding twice during the game.

Meanwhile, Derby County secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leyton Orient at Pride Park Stadium, amplifying their advantage in second place. With Bolton settling for consecutive draws, the Rams now enjoy a three-point cushion over their rivals.

Under the guidance of manager Paul Warne, Derby County merely require four points from their remaining two fixtures, an away clash against Cambridge United and a home encounter with Carlisle United, to secure their long-awaited return to the Championship.

While the scenario seems promising for Derby, there remains a slight possibility of a dramatic downturn in fortunes. However, it would require an extraordinary collapse from the Rams to jeopardize their promotion aspirations. Nevertheless, Bolton and Peterborough United remain vigilant, poised to seize any opportunity that may arise should Derby falter.

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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has stirred up the League One promotion conversation with a “strange” claim regarding Derby County’s prospects.

Following Peterborough’s resounding 4-1 victory over Fleetwood Town, which propelled them within six points of Derby County with a game in hand, Ferguson addressed the promotion scenario in his post-match remarks. Despite acknowledging the odds stacked against his side, Ferguson hinted at the unpredictable nature of football, suggesting that stranger things have happened in the sport.

Ferguson emphasized the importance of seizing every opportunity, particularly highlighting Derby County’s upcoming fixture against Cambridge United. He noted that while Derby appears to have a firm grip on their promotion fate, they must secure a victory on Saturday to solidify their position. With Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough set to clash in their final match, Ferguson hinted at the potential for dramatic shifts in the promotion race.

For Derby County, securing three points against Cambridge United is imperative to avoid any last-minute jitters, especially with Bolton breathing down their necks. While the scenario of relinquishing their promotion spot seems unlikely, Ferguson’s remarks serve as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of football and the need for vigilance until the final whistle blows.




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