Derby County forward Jamie Ward says that last weekend’s draw with Birmingham City was vital in keeping up the Rams' momentum under Head Coach Steve McClaren.
Since the appointment of McClaren, along with First-Team Coach Paul Simpson and Goalkeeping Coach Eric Steele, the Rams have garnered a total of seven points, with wins over Leeds United and Watford, prior to Saturday’s home point with the Blues.
Ward’s first-half goal at Pride Park put the Rams ahead against Lee Clark’s side, before Lee Novak netted a second-half equaliser, and the Northern Ireland international sees it as crucial the run has been maintained ahead of next Saturday’s league clash with Queens Park Rangers.
Ward told Rams Player:“The most important thing is staying unbeaten; you would like to win every game that you play in, but that is unrealistic.
“We as players were all disappointed (post-Birmingham) - I think the fans could see that, but we are still unbeaten and we need to look at the bigger picture.
“If we had done it the other way round and got a draw against Watford and three points against Birmingham, no one would have been disappointed with that.
“I try and do my job for the team, which is setting up goals or scoring them. That is what the Head Coach wants from me and I don’t think he will have too many complaints about my scoring record since he has come in.
“Maybe I could have set up a couple more, but that will come as the season goes on. We are looking good going forward, we perhaps just need to tighten up at the back - nothing too drastic - we just switched off at one moment on Saturday, but we are all in it together and it starts from defending from the front.”
Meanwhile, Ward says Derby will take on Queens Park Rangers with no fear on Saturday – despite the Londoners impressive home record in the Sky Bet Championship this season, which has seen Harry Redknapp’s men seal five victories out of six on home turf.
He added: “We know we have got a battle on our hands and we are good enough to deal with it. T
"They have got some great players, on paper they have got a great team, and with Burnley beating them at the weekend they will be looking to bounce back.
“We know what we have got in our changing room, none of us are supposedly 'big name' players, but we have got a great team spirit.
"We have got to keep believing in ourselves, and with a bit of luck we can achieve something this season.”
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