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Gary Rowett insists promotion pressure not getting to Derby

Derby boss Gary Rowett Photo: PA

Derby boss Gary Rowett feels no extra pressure as his side look to regain an automatic promotion place against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Rams were replaced in second spot by Aston Villa this weekend after their derby victory over Birmingham followed a disappointing performance by Rowett's side in a home draw with Norwich.

Derby can go back above Villa on Tuesday night with a point at Hillsborough but the Rams have drawn five of their last eight games in the Championship and Rowett is hoping for a better display and a win.

"Everything this season will be magnified because of the stage of the season we're at, but the pressure is exactly the same as it was earlier in the season," said Rowett at his pre-match press conference.

"When you're in the position that we are, you feel you need to win every game. And that proved to be the case over the weekend.

"We've lost two in 24 league games and Villa have won seven games in a row and are still only a point ahead of us.

"In the past few games, we haven't quite found that extra bit of quality to turn draws into wins but we are still in a fantastic position with 15 games to go.

"We will go to Sheffield Wednesday looking to maintain our run, press forward and win the game."

Derby are pushing for promotion Credit: PA

The Owls remain without a league win since Jos Luhukay took charge just over a month ago but the Dutchman is keeping positive.

"As a manager, it is a difficult situation to come here at the moment I came. But we must try to bring the best from what we have," he said on the club's Twitter account.

"Every day the players give me a good feeling, I respect the players and we must bring the best from them on the pitch."

Cardiff also remain in the hunt for the second automatic promotion place and they host relegation-fighting Bolton in a game which is likely to see Gary Madine feature against his former club.

The striker swapped Bolton for the Welsh capital on the final day of the January transfer window but Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson is unfazed about coming up against Madine or the Bluebirds.

"We beat Cardiff at home not too long ago. We know what they are about. We know what we have to do and are looking forward to it," he said on the club's Twitter account.

"We know what Gary is all about. He's done well in the two games so far and his ability is no secret to us."