Jérémy Hélan insists Sheffield Wednesday have learnt the lessons from their 3-0 defeat at Derby last season - viewed by many Owls’ fans as their worst performance of the season.
The Owls crashed to goals from Jake Buxton, Will Hughes and Chris Martin, and Hélan was substituted in the 53rd minute.
The Frenchman is one of only four survivors from that starting eleven still at Wednesday, and he insists that Stuart Gray’s class of 2015 are capable of giving a much better account of themselves at the iPro Stadium.
“That was a difficult day but I think we have improved a lot since then,” said Hélan, ahead of the visit to the third-placed Rams.
“Hopefully it won’t be the same game as last season. I, personally, don’t think it will be the same. We are two different teams. They are still as strong as they were last season but I think we have progressed a lot and we will show this on Saturday.”
The Owls, without a win in six, make the short trip to Derby 11th in the table, 13 points outside the top-six.
“We are far off the play-offs right now but you never know,” Hélan added.
“It will go down to the last game. We have got to get some points on the board before we get in a dodgy situation but I believe we have enough here to be successful.
“We need to get as many points on the board as possible.”