Max Lowe says Derby County’s players are ‘itching’ to record their first home win of the season.

Derby return to Sky Bet Championship action at Pride Park Stadium this weekend with an all-Midlands clash against Birmingham City.

Tickets are selling well for the meeting with the Blues on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) and the Rams are on course to pull in their biggest home crowd of the season to date.

Phillip Cocu’s side will head into their latest fixture off the back of claiming a dramatic 1-1 draw at Championship leaders Leeds United last time out.

Substitute Chris Martin fired home an injury-time equaliser and Lowe believes the manner in which Derby picked up a point has provided a welcome confidence boost.

The defender spoke to RamsTV’s Owen Bradley earlier this week for tonight’s episode of the Derby County Show and stressed the importance of picking up three points on home turf, after claiming three draws and a defeat so far.

The 22-year-old full-back said: “We’re itching to get three points at home. We hope that the result, and how we got it, at Leeds last weekend is a starting point for us.

“We want to get that first home win. We have a chance on Saturday to do that and set things up for us moving forwards.

“It felt like a win at Elland Road with Chris scoring in the 90th minute and it is something that can build confidence for us all.

“We always knew we had a chance if we kept the scoreline at 1-0 and as the game went on, we felt we’d get that chance and Chris finished off a good move.”

He added: “I think if you compare it to last year, it’s shows the improvements we’re doing on the training pitch and taking it into games.”

Lowe has been a regular so far this season under Cocu in the unnatural position of right-back.

The left-footer has filled in for the injured Jayden Bogle and Andre Wisdom since early August, starting the last six league games on the right-hand side.

The 22-year-old returned to Pride Park in the summer after spending the majority of last season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

Lowe looks a more rounded player for his experience north of the border.

He said: “It was nice to pick up a point at Leeds and to personally come off the pitch knowing I can perform at the top level in the Championship. I hope it shows I’ve grown up and can deal with big games.

“I think being out on loan at Aberdeen, and having the experience of going to Leeds before, I knew what to expect at Elland Road.”

The full interview with Max Lowe will be available to watch on The Derby County Show, available on and on YouTube, from 6pm this evening.