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14/05/2019 - 14:53 BST

I’ll Prepare Team-mates For Elland Road Experience – Derby County Star


Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson believes Elland Road is a great stadium to play in and is looking forward to teaching the younger members of the team how to keep their composure in front of the Whites supporters.  

Following last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Pride Park, the Rams have it all to do in the return leg of their Championship play-off semi-final tie against Leeds on Wednesday night.  


Leeds have made Elland Road a fortress this season, packing out the ground week in, week out

Frank Lampard's side were beaten 2-0 on their last trip to Leeds and will need to do a lot better if they are to overturn their 1-0 first-leg deficit this week. 

Johnson, who served Leeds United between 2008 and 2011, certainly knows a thing or two about playing in front of a packed Elland Road.  

And ahead of Wednesday's encounter, Johnson has taken it upon himself to use his experience to prepare his team-mates for the upcoming challenge, while insisting Derby must try to get on the front foot. 

Speaking to Rams TV, he said: "It is a great stadium to play in. I played there for four years throughout my career, I have been there in full houses and they do get behind the team.

"We are going to go there, we have experience in our team and a few young lads, I’ll be telling them what it is like to play in front of the Elland Road crowd.

"If we go there on the front foot and put our stamp on the game, then the fans might turn and that’s something we would hope to do.

"We have got to go there and take the emotion out of the game and not let the fans dictate the way we play and just play our game.

"Like us, they are a good footballing side. We have got to go there and out-battle them and out-play them and hopefully get the win."

During his time with Leeds United, he played a total of 140 games for the Whites, scoring 17 goals.