Liam Rosenior believes Derby County’s unity was there for all to see in last Friday’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.
Derby picked up a point on their travels against their local rivals with an impressive performance at the City Ground.
Martyn Waghorn’s superb free-kick had Derby in front at the break for the first time this season, but a Lyle Taylor goal after the interval meant the Rams had to settle for a point across the East Midlands.
Midfielder Graeme Shinnie had two chances to open his account for the season in the first half too as Derby dominated, while Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak had a goal chalked off for offside late on.
Derby’s start to the 2020/21 season has been slow, picking up four points from their opening seven games, but Rosenior is convinced the Rams have been showing some encouraging signs of late.
As well as having a number key attacking players such as Martyn Waghorn and Tom Lawrence back after injury, Derby’s performances in recent matches have been vastly improved.
“There was a real sense of togetherness,” Rosenior, who is a Specialist First Team Coach on Phillip Cocu’s first-team staff, told RamsTV when discussing Friday’s draw at Forest.
“I think that showed in the performance. But for a couple of decisions which did not go our way, we would have got a well-deserved three points.
“We are at a massive football club who we want the very best for and we need to keep believing and working as hard as we have been in the last few games. I’m sure that our form and results will turn around.”
He added: “In my career as a player, I had many ups and downs and it’s about how you respond. Since the 4-0 defeat to Blackburn last month, we have won against a very good Norwich City team, recently relegated from the Premier League, and put in some good performances too.
“I thought we were really unfortunate to lose against Watford and Huddersfield, while we could have got all three points at Forest as well.”
Derby return to Sky Bet Championship action on Wednesday night when they host Cardiff City at Pride Park Stadium (7:45pm kick-off), before heading to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).