I can see the fans enjoying and coming together.Lee Bowyer
Blues welcome the Rams to St. Andrew's in their first game after the international break as they look to build on their strong start to the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship season.
Although much of the talk at Bowyer's pre-match press conference was surrounding the recent arrival of Troy Deeney, with the Gaffer giving the media details of how the former Watford striker has settled in.
Speaking from Wast Hills, he told reporters: “Very well, he’s experienced. He’s been at Watford a long-time so he’s adjusting and getting used to the way we want to play and what we want from him. Once it became clear that he was available I met him and once I met him it was a no brainer. His mentality and hunger to come here was second to none. Once I had the chance it was ‘let’s do this’.
“He has come here for the right reasons. Some players in their thirties might just go somewhere to tick a box. Troy has come here because he loves the Club. He’s still hungry and wants to help this Club turnaround and move in the right direction. He’s still a winner and hungry to improve as a player.”
Bowyer went onto explain how the mood remains uber positive ahead of facing Derby around Wast Hills Training Ground, something that the arrival of Deeney has only served to boost.
He explained: “The players are in a good place; the Club I can feel turning. I can see the fans enjoying and coming together; the whole thing is coming together slowly but surely.
"I see everybody walking around the place with a smile on their face. That is great for me to see every single day."
Although the Boss is keen to keep expectations realistic and balanced during the next run of matches.
He said: “I believe that we will surprise teams. I believe that I have got a good group. We will need a little bit of luck here and there which we haven’t had so far. I can see why everybody is getting a little bit excited, but I also that there is going to be lows at some stage. So we have to be realistic and I have to keep the players' feet on the ground."
Bowyer also gave his thoughts on tonight's opposition, who have, to date, defied pre-season expectations for a side who survived the drop on the final day of last term.
He told the press: “You have got a group of players and a manager that have been backed into the corner. I have been in Wayne’s position before, with limited resources, and you have to bring the players together to fight. His squad isn’t that bad, there are still players from when they were in the play-offs.
“When they have got everybody fit, they have got a good side. They have picked up some good points and Wayne is doing a good job.”
Lee Bowyer also gave his pre-Derby thoughts to BluesTV. You can hear more from the Head Coach below.