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Cocu keen for Rams squad to put Rovers disaster behind them

Derby County boss Phillip Cocu says it's important his players don't dwell too much on last Saturday's heavy home defeat to Blackburn Rovers - as they prepare for another tough test on the road this weekend.

The Rams head to Norwich City looking to put the Rovers defeat firmly behind them, the 4-0 loss having included the concession of three goals in four minutes early in the game.

And Cocu says that now the post-mortem on that performance has been carried out, he wants the focus to now be on beating Norwich and claiming a first league win of the campaign.

He told RamsTV: "Normally on a Monday we look back at clips from the weekend’s game, including the positive moments when we play good football and some elements we need to improve on, too.

“On Monday of this week, we didn’t look at all the clips. I think it was important to talk just about how we approach games, how we present ourselves and who we are on the pitch.

“We had a long meeting, over an hour, but it was positive to get more feedback from the players.

“They also spoke to each other because in the process of becoming a team, a part of it happens on the pitch and in training and during the games, but also a lot has to happen off the pitch.

“You have to put the effort in, the new players have to be open to getting information and learning the values and they need to feel like they want to be part of the club and the team.

“It was a very positive meeting in the end and that is what it is all about; to be a stronger team, to be better, to improve each other and to know what we should add to our game and to the team to get positive results.

"We do not need to look back. We need to look forward being a team now we know we have to be more solid. We have a quality team and we still have our goals for the end of the season, but we still have some work to do."

Norwich, relegated from the Premier League last season, have begun the season with a win, a draw and a defeat from their opening three Championship matches as they look for a quick return to the top flight.

Derby's last trip to Carrow Road was memorable as they scored two late goals to win a dramatic game 4-3, under the tutelage of Frank Lampard.

And Cocu is aware it'll be another tough test in Norfolk.

He said: "Norwich are a big team with quality players, but we all know in the Championship that anything is possible.

“We have to believe in ourselves. We have respect for our opponent, we know they have the qualities within their team, but we also believe in what we can do we are tough to beat.

“We will have that mentality when we travel to the game, to be tough to beat and try to explore our qualities within the team and fight until the last second to get a good result.”