Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall has made a surprise admission ahead of a massive weekend for Derby County.
The Rams are perilously close to the relegation drop zone and Forest beating Sheffield Wednesday this weekend would help in their survival quest.
Derby are probably just one win way from securing their Championship status. Defeat this weekend, coupled with a win for Wednesday against Forest and a last day shootout with the Owls is on the cards.
With Forest mathematically assured of second tier football next season, plenty of supporters are rooting for Wednesday this weekend.
Not Worrall though. He hopes Wayne Rooney’s men can ensure Forest against Derby remains a fixture next season.
He told The Athletic: “I would be massively disappointed if there was no East Midlands derby next season.
“It would be fantastic if they go down in one sense, but I also want to play against Derby, I want to score against Derby, I want to beat Derby.
“If you’re asking me if I want them to go down – no, I do not.”
Derby have work to do in order to avoid slipping through the trap door.
The Rams have lost five on the spin and with boardroom uncertainties hanging over the club, Rooney has work to do.
What is the supporters consensus over Derby’s situation?
Most fans are hopeful that the Rams will be plying their trade in the third tier next season.
The ridicule Forest got during their three years in League One isn’t forgotten and the Reds fan base would love some retribution.
Worryingly, Swansea aren’t in the best of form themselves and Derby will fancy going there and getting a vital three points.
If they don’t, however, and Forest lost to Wednesday, they will need to avoid defeat to the Owls in the final day of the campaign.
The derby-day contests are great for supporters but to witness their demise for a season or two, most Forest supporters will hope to see them slip into the third tier.