The Reds currently sit second bottom, eight points adrift of safety. If it wasn’t for Derby’s 21-point deduction, they’d be bottom.
Both departed for West Brom in the summer. Both are back this Friday night with West Brom sitting third.
Callum Styles was a key figure last season and can be a key figure again as they look to rescue the current situation.
Following their 2-1 defeat at Preston on Saturday, he tried to pinpoint what has gone so drastically wrong.
“I think we haven’t had the same luck as we had last season,” admitted Styles, after Carlton Morris hit the crossbar and the Reds were denied what they felt was a clear-cut penalty.
“Little things like that – little decisions – aren’t going our way, like in the last game we could have had a couple of penalties, this game we could have had a penalty, hit the crossbar, had other big chances where we could have scored and it’s just not quite ticking in the right direction.
“But we’re looking to change that in the upcoming fixtures.”
So how do they change their fortune, and what are they doing on the training pitch to address it?
“We’ve worked on attack quite a lot this past two weeks, but we’ve conceded two goals,” said Styles.
“So, it’s good working on attack, but we need to keep doing what we’re doing in the defensive transition that we’ve worked on.
“Obviously, we need to do both sides. It’s all good working on attacking, which we are – we’re creating chances – but we need to keep the back door shut.”