Nottingham Forest looked to have secured a tightly-contested win against their East Midlands rivals on Sunday, before an 80th minute Leon Best goal rescued a point for the Rams - and prevented the Reds opening a three-point gap at the top of the Championship table.
While still sitting top, and remaining undefeated, the late drama brought frustration to the Forest camp, expressed in no better manner than by Chris Burke, who played the full 90 minutes in the tie.
Speaking to the official Forest website, Burke revealed that there were tough feelings post-game, considering that they planned to push themselves harder than they had in any game this season.
The winger said: “We’re top by a point, which we’d have taken before a ball was kicked, but with the demands we set ourselves we thought we could have pushed ourselves further clear.
“I don’t think there was any flow to the game for either team, which sometimes happens in derby games. It wasn’t to be and I’m sure Derby will be happy to go away with a point.
“The good thing to look at is that we’re still undefeated.”
While many teams may have crumbled to defeat when faced with the last-ditch pressure that the Rams placed upon them, the fact that Forest escaped with a point gave Burke something to praise - claiming that the frustration at not winning proves that the mentality of the squad is that of champions.
“That [frustration] shows you how we are as a team. We’re winners.”
30-year-old Burke is one of many new faces leading Forest to victory this season, having agreed a free-transfer to the City Ground following the expiration of his Birmingham City contract during the summer. He is one of six players to have featured in all six Forest games this season, and he looks to have garnered a certain level of respect from the rest of the playing squad.
If Burke is insisting that the club is one of ‘winners’, then it may be wise to believe him.