Sam Winnall has revealed that confidence is still high in the Derby County camp as they look to get back to winning ways against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Gary Rowett’s side saw their four-game winning run come to a disappointing end before the international break as Reading recorded a 4-2 win at Pride Park Stadium, but Winnall is certain that belief hasn’t been affected as they get set to return to action in the Sky Bet Championship.
Speaking to dcfc.co.uk, he said: “I think everybody was disappointed after Reading because we were on really good form, but we just didn’t seem to turn up on the day.
“It wasn’t good enough and I think we all knew that, we all went home knowing that our performance wasn’t up to the standards that we expect.
“We weren’t at the races, it wasn’t our best performance and now it’s all about turning it around, our confidence is still there. It hasn’t dented our confidence because we’ve just won four on the bounce.”
The in-form striker scored three crucial goals to help extend the winning sequence at the end of October, and he explained why confidence is still high in the dressing room despite losing for the first time in eight games against Reading prior to the international break.
Winnall added: “In this league, Forest, Wednesday, Norwich and Leeds, they are four really tough fixtures and to come away with four wins was magnificent for us.
“That run has built up so much confidence around the club, both for players and the coaching staff.
“Now, it’s time to bounce back. We knew that we were going to lose a game at some point, we knew that the winning run was going to come to an end eventually and now it’s all about turning it back on its head and getting back to winning ways.”