James O’Connor believes a point away from home was the least the side deserved, after the Rams fought back to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Nigel Clough’s side fell behind to a first-half strike from Kevin Doyle, however Theo Robinson’s 93rd minute leveller ensured the Rams did not leave the Molineux empty handed.
And summer signing O’Connor, who featured at the heart of the Rams’ defence, says the side’s performance against Stale Solbakken’s men was worthy of a point – if not more.
He told Rams Player:“I thought going behind when we did was an absolute sickener; we were playing really well. But credit to the lads we kept passing the ball and continued to do the right things, and we got our rewards in the end.
“I don’t think you can be over-roared by playing big teams in this division – it is all good and well saying every game in this division is going to be tough, but you cannot go into games fearing anyone.
“The whole side played well today and in the second half I don’t remember Frank (Fielding) having a shot to save.
“The result is hopefully something we can build on, and if we use it in the right way then I think it could be a big point this season.”
Prior to Robinson’s late equaliser, the Rams were left ruing their luck in front of goal after Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme denied Jamie Ward and Conor Sammon with excellent saves.
And after the ‘keeper enjoyed a loan spell with O’Connor’s former club Doncaster Rovers last season, the Rams’ defender says he knew it was going to take something special to beat the Wolves’ number 13, who was in inspired form.
He added: “I know Carl Ikeme quite well as he came on loan to Doncaster Rovers last year and on his day he is a top goalkeeper.
“Unfortunately for us he had that sort of day on Saturday! But all the credit goes to Theo (Robinson) in the end, who produces a great finish to seal a point.”
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