Frank Lampard has warned his Derby County players to not get complacent ahead of their Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Derby sit in sixth in the table following eight wins in 17 to start the season, and have won praise for their style of play under new boss Lampard.
The Rams managed to overcome Manchester United in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, but Lampard has warned his players to not rest on their laurels ahead of this weekend’s clash.
“Complacency will get you and if our levels drop then any team in this league can beat you,” Lampard told RamsTV. “If there is a big positive out the game is that there is nothing given to you in the Championship.
“Teams will lose games – there isn’t a Wolves that are winning week in, week out, who are blowing teams out of the water – but we have to get as close to our standards that we can and if we do that, I firmly think we will be right up there.
“I hate those form guides because they can change. We have to understand the situation, they lost their last home game comfortably so we have to go there and think ‘how do we approach this’. We have to prepare right and then you try and make it difficult for the crowd and their players by producing ourselves.
Sheffield Wednesday are struggling down in 17th place, but Lampard has insisted they will be no push overs this weekend.
Wednesday host Lampard’s charges at 3pm on Saturday.