Tony Palladino says Derbyshire will battle all the way in an attempt to secure Division One cricket for next season.
The 30-year-old paceman returned season-best figures of 6-90 against Durham last week. But a ruthless spell from Graham Onions condemned Karl Krikken's men to defeat in their penultimate match of the 2013 campaign.
The loss has moved Wayne Madsen’s side into the bottom two, but Palladino insists the squad have not given up and will fight hard in their final LV= County Championship fixture against Warwickshire, starting on Tuesday 24th September.
Speaking to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, Palladino said: “We are all gutted after the Durham game.
“We stayed in touch with the champions-elect for the best part of four days, but a bad session blew all our hard work.
“But we know it’s just three points and that doesn’t really change much. We still need to win the last game.
“None of the lads have thrown in the towel; I will make sure of that.
“We will be fired up and giving everything we've got to get a positive result against Warwickshire.
“There are no quitters in this team. We showed last year that we can perform when the pressure is on and now we have to do that again.
“We are fighters and that is the type of attitude we want to bring for the final game and for the coming seasons.”
Onions and Chris Rushworth claimed eight wickets between them to hand Durham a nine-wicket win on the final day at Derby, after the fixture seemed destined to end in a draw.
“The result was really hard to take,” Palladino added.
“Onions and Rushworth bowled really well. It was doing a bit for us with an older ball, so we knew that it was going to be tough up front.
“The heavy roller really didn’t have much of an effect on it and it still did quite a bit. They got a few early wickets, got their tails up and it just went from there.
“It’s just hard to take after we bowled so well. We thought we would be able to bat, get a draw and move onto the next game. But it wasn’t to be.
“It was just one of those we shouldn’t have lost and - especially for me who hates losing anyway - it’s pretty hard to take.
“But we now know that we have to come out firing and win our final fixture against Warwickshire.”
Palladino has been a leading force with the ball over the last two fixtures, claiming 14 wickets in total, and now he hopes to carry this momentum in to the final must-win fixture at the County Ground.
“I have been happy with how it has been coming out and the rhythm has been good.
“I have been a little frustrated with injuries this season and I hate being injured. But I’m happy to be back bowling and hopefully I can have one more good game this season.
“Warwickshire are a professional outfit and Head Coach Dougie Brown is a professional guy.
“He will not let his team come here and roll over. They will be pushing all the way to finish their season with a win.
“We will not be taking anything for granted. We will make sure we are properly prepared and ready to do everything in our power to get the right result.”
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