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A Real Buzz


18:09 25th August 2012

by Joe Questier

Rams defender proud of team's performance.

Derby County captain Richard Keogh labelled the side’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers ‘gutsy’ - after Theo Robinson struck late in added time to secure a point.

The former Watford striker came off the substitutes’ bench to net a 93rd minute equaliser at Molineux, as the Rams fought back following Kevin Doyle’s first-half opener.

And speaking after the game, Keogh said the side showed real guts and determination to bounce back from Tuesday night’s defeat at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton Wanderers to produce a fine display which, on another day, would have provided all three points.

He told Rams Player: “There is a real buzz in the dressing room after scoring such a late equaliser, but overall we are thinking – especially with the amount of chances that we created, we should and could have had more from the game.

“We are pleased to come away with a point against a team that has just been relegated from the Premier League, but we thought we deserved all three.

“I think it shows how far we have come as a team in a short space of time to come to a ground like this and play the way we did. 

“Theo’s goal was a fantastic finish, and that is exactly what you want from your substitutes – to make a real impact.

“We were really brave on the ball, and we showed guts and determination to play right up until the final whistle. 

“There are a lot of pleasing things to take from the game – but it is only one match and we have got to keep our feet on the ground ahead of next week’s game against Watford.”

With Jake Buxton sidelined through illness, James O’Connor has been utilised at the centre of the Rams’ back-four, and Keogh was keen to pay tribute to the former Doncaster Rovers defender’s recent displays.

He added: “James has come in and done really well. Bucko (Jake Buxton) and I had struck up a good partnership, but unfortunately he has picked up a nasty virus. 

“But in such short notice, James has come in and done fantastically well and that is the type of character he is. 

“I enjoy playing with both of them because they are both quality individuals and it just goes to show that there is a lot of competition for places here at Derby County.”

Watch the full interview with Richard Keogh exclusively on Rams Player.

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