The BIG INterview - Paul Peschisolido

Last updated : 04 April 2005 By The Rambler

DerbyMad: An enforced break for the team and now back to the stage of the season where results really start to matter.

Paul Peschisolido: Yeah. I think we have said amongst ourselves that by the end of this week, with the Crewe game and Saturday’s game we will probably know our future. We see these 2 games as very crucial. Crewe is not going to be an easy game to go and win. We have go it in us though that we can win these games.

DM: You are obviously disappointed not to take anything out of the game against Ipswich on Saturday but it is no disgrace to lose at Portman Road is it?

PP: No and I didn’t think we deserved it apart from the first 20 minutes when we had a barrage of chances that didn’t go our way. I don’t think we deserved any points so the result was fair.

DM: Down to rustiness through not playing together as a side?

PP: I don’t know. We haven’t had that many poor games this season so we were due one. Unfortunately it has happened at this stage of the season. But we will pick ourselves up. Dust ourselves off. Regroup and go to Crewe hopefully back to the form that has put us in this position in the first place.

DM: The beautiful thing about football is that there is always another game. In Crewe you are playing a side that hasn’t won a match since selling Dean Ashton in January. Does that help you as a side?

PP: I think looking at it realistically we are a better side than Crewe. The table shows that. As I said earlier though form goes out of the window at this stage of the season. Realistically we should be looking at beating teams like Crewe if we want to cement one of the top 6 places.

DM; Have you set any target pointswise for the playoffs?

PP: I think we have all discussed that 73 or 74 points has always cemented a play off spot. We have looked at our record for every 6 games of the season and we are well are over the average. So if we can get 12 or 13 points out of the remaining 21, which is realistic, then I shouldn’t be a problem.

DM: Dave Walton once told me that there is no pressure on the Crewe team because the supporters think that they are playing above themselves to be in this division.

PP: Yes that could be. And to be fair to the manager he is always bringing out little gems and they play attractive football much like ourselves. They keep themselves in the division and credit to him for doing a good job. I just feel that on the day we have too much for them.

DM: As you say they are a footballing side, which should help Derby.

PP: You would think so. We have struggled against the more physical sides that have stopped us from playing. Looking at both teams it should be a very attractive game of football. Let’s hope it is, and let’s hope we are on the end of 3 points.