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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 March 2008, 12:07 GMT
Earn the right to stay - Jewell
Paul Jewell
Jewell's side face two of the top three this week (Getty Images)
Boss Paul Jewell says Wednesday's game at Chelsea is the perfect chance for his players to prove they deserve to be at Derby County next season.

The Rams also face Manchester United on Saturday and Jewell told BBC Radio Derby it is a test they should relish.

"I want the players to go out and to say 'I want to be here'," he said.

"I've made up my mind about some people already but there is always a chance for people to say 'I want to be here and I'm good enough to be here'."

And Jewell says he fully expects Chelsea to be back on their game and eager to prove the FA Cup defeat against Barnsley was a blip.

We can't compete man for man but we can work even harder than them and that's what we have to do

Paul Jewell

"Great teams bounce back," Jewell said.

"We have to play really well and they have to have an off day. If we play well and they play well we know we will get beat.

"But we want to go and give them a game.

"We can't compete man for man but we can work even harder than them and that's what we have to do."



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