George Evans is keeping focused ahead of another big game on Saturday against near neighbours Nottingham Forest.

With five wins out of five and a 100% record since the return of football following the Coronavirus outbreak, Derby County are in positive spirits ahead of the local derby clash at the weekend.

After wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers before lockdown, a hat-trick from Louie Sibley inspired the Rams to three points at Millwall, whilst a 2-1 victory at Pride Park Stadium against Reading followed.

And on Wednesday evening, Wayne Rooney’s inch-perfect free kick secured all three points against Preston North End on Wednesday to move the Rams into seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Evans, who returned to the starting line up against the Lilywhites on Wednesday, believes Derby are on the right path but knows they need to keep going to get to where they want to be at the end of the season.

“It’s another massive game on Saturday,” he told RamsTV. “There are plenty of big games coming up and these are the games you want to play as a football player.

“These are big games with a lot riding on it as well so it is an important game but we just need to keep playing and try and pick up as many points as we can from now until the end of the season and hopefully we will have a good push.”

On Wednesday, Evans made his first league start since the game against Millwall at Pride Park Stadium in December on Saturday.

He certainly stepped up to the plate, earning his side a clean sheet as the Rams claimed a valuable three points at Deepdale.

“It was fantastic to be back out there,” he commented. “It has been frustrating for me personally, I have had a few injuries and stuff like that so I am praying it is all over with now and I can really kick on with my Derby career. Hopefully I can get a good run in the side now.

“I waited a long time to get back on the pitch and to get my first minutes was fantastic, then no one knew something like this would happen so it wasn’t great timing but it is nice to be back on the pitch now and I really hope I can string some games together.”