Derby County manager Darren Wassall has called on his team to impose themselves ahead of what he admits will be a "difficult week".

The Rams host Huddersfield Town before facing QPR and Rotherham United and the manager is frustrated after conceding a late goal to lose to Wolves last time out.

He declared: "We know there are improvements to be made.

"All good teams are built on a solid defence but we also want everybody when we get the ball to want the ball, go forward and try and create chances."

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Derby will be without long term absentees Craig Forsyth and Mark Lowe, and although Will Hughes has now returned to training it is too early for him to be considered in the squad.

However, Darren Bent, Nick Blackman and Andreas Weimann are all competing to return and bolster the attack.

Added Wassall: "We need to impose ourselves on the game and that is something that we are working on all the time.

“We’ve been here three weeks now, with the first team, and that is a message we’ve continued to put across to the players.

“We’ve done it sporadically, we haven’t done it enough for my liking, but the signs are there of what we can do. The first half at Brentford was an excellent example of that and we want to continue in the same vein.

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“We have a very difficult week coming up with games against Huddersfield Town, Queens Park Rangers and Rotherham United, but it is also an opportunity for us.

“I’m comfortable with the progress that we are making, but we need to make more and hopefully that happens on Saturday.

“We are working hard to make sure we start the game strongly, get the right result and make sure we are as successful as possible between now and the end of the season.”

The manager has hinted that he may change things up a little in terms of his selection.

With a packed fixture list, Wassall is concerned about keeping his squad fresh to face Town - who were so impressive in victory away at promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest last month.

“We want to keep consistency in terms of selection as well, but we have to be aware of how physically and emotionally demanding three-game weeks are," revealed the Derby boss, who replaced Paul Clement in February.

“After the back-to-back wins over Brentford and Blackburn it took more out of them emotionally than either I or the staff thought, especially as they were two big wins and maybe we’ll look to share the load moving forward.”