George Evans believes Derby County's 1-0 win against Preston North End could prove to be a big result in the context of the season.

The Rams continue to climb the Sky Bet Championship table after recording their fifth win in a row and their third in as many games since the return of football following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Evans, who featured at centre-half against Preston, believes the three points could go a long way to ending the season in a positive mannger.

Wayne Rooney’s first half free kick was the difference at Deepdale in a game where the Rams had to dig in and defend well late on.

Evans, who was starting his first league game since mid-December following injury and the three-month suspension of the season, prodcued a solid showing and he says the Rams have now put pressure on the teams around them.

“I think it is massive,” Evans told RamsTV. “It is an away game, a tough place to come to and I think we dealt defensively quite well, especially towards the end when they put pressure on.

“It is a big three points for where we want to be and where we want to go towards for the end of the season.

“We have been in good form and also played some good stuff. When you get people like Wayne Rooney taking free-kicks, there are not many stopping it.

“I think it is a massive win for us but we can’t get complacent now, we have some big games coming up and there are still loads of points to play for.

“We need to make sure we focus now, recover and really focus on the next game against Forest on Saturday.”

The Rams controlled large parts of the game at Deepdale but came under increased pressure as the game wore on.

It meant the defence had to remain resolute and between Evans and the rest of the defence, they managed to see out the game well.

“I thought we defended from the front as well really well,” he commented.

“I think as a defensive unit it does start from the front and I thought the lads worked really hard today from front to back.

“We have a good understanding of where we want to be and what we want to do and we are working very hard on the training pitch at the moment so it is nice to see that defensive work going into the games.”