“We’re not as far away as many people would have us and I’ve no doubt it’ll improve,"

"We want to show we’re still in there fighting.

“We want to perform better in the bigger games than we have done, I have no doubt about that. But we don’t go into it any differently – we want to win them all. It’ll be important to show the level of what we’ve got and I think we have got the level.

“We’ll do everything we possibly can. We go out to win every game – not just the derby. It’s no different. Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city to win a derby game, but we go into every game with the same intention to win.