Derby County’s next seven fixtures vs Championship relegation rivals

Derby County gave their hopes of an unlikely escape from relegation a boost in the second half of the 2021/22 season by returning to winning ways last weekend.

Louie Sibley’s late winner against Peterborough United at Pride Park on Saturday saw the Rams overtake their London Road opponents in the process.

Wayne Rooney’s side are now 22nd in the Championship table, five points behind Reading in 21st place after recording a surprise win over Preston North End last time out before Veljko Paunović left as manager to be replaced by acting boss Paul Ince.

Here’s a look at the next six fixtures for the bottom four teams in the division (there’s an 8-point gap between 21st-placed Reading and 20th-placed Hull City) ahead of the March international break…

Barnsley (current position – 24th)

Hull City (A) Tue Feb 22 (7:45 p.m.)

Middlesbrough (H) Sat 26 Feb (3:00 p.m.)

Derby (A) Sat. March 5 (3:00 p.m.)

Stoke City (H) Tue, March 8 (7:45 p.m.)

Fulham (H) Sat. March 12 (12:30 p.m.)

Bristol City (H) Tue, March 15 (7:45 p.m.)

Sheffield Utd (A) Sat 19 March (12.30pm)

The exhibition game is what could be six-point relegation against Derby in less than a fortnight, a game that could be crucial for both sides at the end of the season, as well as big midweek games against d other lower halves of the table. Hull and the city of Bristol.

Peterborough United (current position – 23rd)

Fulham (A) Wed 23 Feb (7.45pm)

Hull City (H) Sat 26 Feb (3:00 p.m.)

Man City (H) Tuesday March 1 – FA Cup 5th round (7.15pm)

Huddersfield Town (A) Fri 4 March (7.45pm)

Bournemouth (A) Tue 8 March (7.45pm)

Stoke City (H) Sat. March 12 (3:00 p.m.)

Swansea City (H) Wed 16 March (7.45pm)

Queens Park Rangers (A) Sun. March 20 (12:30 p.m.)

After a late heartbreak last weekend, the aim will be to rectify that midweek following Darren Ferguson’s resignation at Championship leaders Fulham… or more likely when Hull come to town on Saturday.

Posh will also have in mind the glamorous FA Cup fifth-round draw against Man City early next month.

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Derby County (current position – 22nd)

Millwall (H) Wed 23 Feb (7.45pm)

Luton Town (A) Sat. February 26 (3:00 p.m.)

Cardiff City (A) Tuesday 1 March (7.45pm)

Barnsley (H) Sat. March 5 (3:00 p.m.)

Bournemouth (A) Sat. March 12 (3:00 p.m.)

Blackburn Rovers (A) Tue, March 15 (7:45 p.m.)

Coventry City (H) Sat, March 19 (12:30 p.m.)

Back-to-back games against Cardiff and Barnsley see them play two of the last six early next month before a tough end before the break.

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Reading (current position – 21st)

Birmingham City (H) Tue Feb 22 (8:00 p.m.)

Blackpool (A) Sat 26 Feb (3:00 p.m.)

Sat 5 March (3:00 p.m.) Millwall (H)

Nottingham Forest (A) Sat. March 12 (3:00 p.m.)

Bournemouth (A) Tue 15 March (7.45pm)

Blackburn Rovers (H) Sat. March 19 (3:00 p.m.)

The Royals’ fixture list sees them take on a trio of mid-table sides under their new manager before taking on Derby rivals East Midlands Forest at the City Ground next month.

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