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Griffiths "East Midlands Win Would Be Huge"

Derby County Women Boss Sam Griffiths believes a win in Sunday's East Midlands Derby against Nottingham Forest would be huge for the club as they look to leapfrog their opponents in the league.

The Ewe Rams sit a point behind their East Midlands rivals in the league but with a game in hand and having only dropped points once this season, a win would allow them to put some daylight between the sides and set them up going into October.

Griffths said "It's been a testing few weeks off the field and we can't do anything about that, so our focus remains on the field and will continue to do so, as we look to continue the run we are on and extend that, hopefully with a win on Sunday.

"We've had spells in each game where we have really got the bit between our teeth but we haven't managed to do that for a whole game as yet. We're getting closer and hopefully our momentum and form will give us an opportunity to take 3 points.

"We've got to be pleased with our start on paper but we know we need to continue to develop as other sides won't roll over for us and every team is capable of beating each other on this league, the more consistent teams at doing that are the ones near the top."

A win on Sunday would earn the bragging rights for the club, something they haven't had since the 1-0 win at Pride Park back in the 2018/19 season and Griffiths believes a win on Sunday would be huge for a few reasons.

"Sunday is a massive game and could set us up for the next few months going into the tough part of the season and a win would give the whole club a massive confidence boost after the last few weeks.

"It would also allow that belief within the squad to grow. They are a quietly confident group overall but always have a will to keep developing and a win in the East Midlands derby over their biggest rivals is one not to be taken lightly.

"What the girls will have to deal with on Sunday will be different to anything they have faced before. Some will have played in a stadium atmosphere before but this time, we are the away team and most of the fans will be for the home side.

"There will be nerves that they have got to handle and likely a record crowd on hand, so they will need to deal with that and come to terms quickly with it. We go in as the underdogs and with the pressure on the other side but with an opportunity to come away with bragging rights and to spoil the party."

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