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Wassall: “We Showed Two Sides To Our Game”

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09:00 25th February 2016

by DCFC Media

Darren Wassall felt Derby County showed two sides to their game in their 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Jacob Butterfield’s eighth minute goal helped Derby back up their 3-1 success at Brentford on Saturday with another welcome three points.

 

Derby enjoyed the better of the first half and dominated for long spells, but were unable to add to Butterfield’s fine strike

 

In the second half, Blackburn threw everything at the Rams and saw Jordi Gomez hit the crossbar with a header in injury time.

 

Wassall was thrilled with Derby’s footballing display in the opening 45 minutes, followed by a strong and resilient second half display to see the game out.

 

He told Rams Player HD afterwards: “We said after the great performance at Brentford, which ended our winless streak, that it wouldn’t have meant anything if we didn’t get a result tonight.

 

“Six points in five days is a great return and what pleased us most tonight was that the first half we showed what we can do in terms of playing football, but in the second half we showed the other side to our game which is resilience and determination to come out with a result.

 

“Blackburn are very dangerous from set pieces as we saw and they threw everything at us in the latter stages with throw-ins, corners and crosses all entering our box.”

 

Derby have the opportunity to record a third win inside a week when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

 

Wassall says the Rams’ focus now is on the game at Molineux against Kenny Jackett’s side.

 

With back-to-back wins under their belts, Derby’s Head Coach believes his side can travel across the midlands in high spirits.

 

He said: “We haven’t got long to wait until the next game now but we wish it was tomorrow as the atmosphere in the dressing room right now is electric.

 

“As I’ve said before, the Championship is brutal and games come thick and fast, so we’ve got to get ourselves rested and raring to go come the next match.

 

“The big thing now over the next 48 hours is about preparing for the early kick off on Saturday. The players won’t be feeling their legs tomorrow because you don’t feel pain when you’re winning.

 

“The dressing room is really together and we are all celebrating the three points together but we know that it’s back to work tomorrow to prepare for the showdown against Wolves on Saturday.

 

“The confidence that has been gained through these two results will stand us in good stead at Molineux on Saturday and we really, really can’t wait for that game to come round.”


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