UWE Rosler insists Latics will have no fear as they travel to the country’s most in-form side this afternoon.
Derby have shot up the Championship table in recent weeks since the appointment of Steve McClaren, on the back of an incredible 10 wins from 13 matches.
Latics themselves are unbeaten in their four league matches under Rosler, who has seen enough to believe his side can challenge the Rams head on at The iPro Stadium.
“They are playing well – there is no question about that,” Rosler recognised.
“They have got plenty of momentum behind them, but we also have momentum after some good results recently.
“Our confidence levels are getting higher game by game, and the boys were
disappointed at only drawing against Burnley.
“They felt they had been the better team, the stronger team, and when you feel that way against the second-best team in the league then you believe you can do that week in, week out.”
Today’s game is the first of six Latics will face in January, on the back of NINE they had to negotiate in December.
It’s been a baptism of fire for Rosler since taking over the reins from Owen Coyle.
But the German is relishing the challenge so far.
“The Championship is unforgiving – you have to put everything you have in every single game,” he added.
“But I feel we have enough quality to get something at Derby, without question.
“The biggest problem we have is being able to recover in time, but I also see improvement in that respect.”
Latics will be boosted by the return of Jean Beausejour after a one-match suspension.