Nigel Clough has urged his Derby County players to build on the feel-good factor provided by Theo Robinson’s injury-time strike at Wolves on Saturday.
Despite dominating the game at Molineux for long spells, Derby had to wait until the third minute of stoppage time to salvage a point from the game as Robinson lashed home from Jeff Hendrick’s well-weighted pass.
A point was the least Derby deserved and with a home game against Watford at Pride Park on the horizon this weekend, Clough wants his players to use the draw at Molineux as a springboard to get their first win of the campaign against the Hornets.
He said: “That goal was massive for us, and it’ll certainly mean there’s more of a lift in training this week going into the Watford game.
“As we’ve repeatedly said, the players’ performances have been good so we just want them to continue in the same vein it (the wins) will come and we will get our rewards.
“We’ve got a home game coming up against Watford now and it will be great to go into the international break off the back of a home win, if we can.”
The unforgiving nature of the Championship has meant Derby have just two points to their name this season, despite three performances which have warranted far more.
Clough has called on his players to find a great consistency, but otherwise he is happy with what he has seen from his side and he believes the Rams are more than a match for anyone in the Championship.
He said: “It’s easy to say it, but the lads really should not be frightened of anything in this league.
“Wolves are a Premier League club in all-but name when you look at their squad, despite the fact they’ve lost a few players and the same can be said of Bolton who were played last week.
“We said to the players the other day we don’t think there’s one team in this league where we can come off the pitch and say ‘we can’t live with them’.
“I think the Championship is more even this year and we’re as good as anybody in this league, but we just need to find that consistency.”