Derby County secured a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in the Championship clash between the league leaders last night.
It doesn’t change anything in relation to how the sides currently sit at the top of the table, but there is one aspect of the game, which will delight Derby boss Steve McClaren.
That’s his time coming from behind twice to take a point from the match, away from home.
Bournemouth’s attack is the best in the Championship so it won’t be a major surprise that they got their noses in front.
However, the Rams deserve credit for fighting back with Tom Ince maintaining his good form and Darren Bent bagging another important goal.
It shows a fighting quality, which is going to be important for the team over the rest of the season as they battle to get into the Premier League.
That’s significant because there are going to be more games over the rest of the season where the team isn’t playing well.
They may find themselves behind and chasing a match where they need to draw on this performance and resilience to get a point.
It could have been easy for the side to let their heads drop, but the manager deserves credit for injecting experienced players into the team who kept everyone motivated when the Rams were chasing the game.
There are big personalities in the team and it’s also significant in relation to the fans.
If the fans see the fighting qualities of the team in big games, the volume goes up and that can inspire the team to raise their performance levels.
The balance is right and the challenge for the manager is to now work with the defence to ensure that the side concedes fewer goals to make the job of the attack a bit easier, but he’ll be delighted with the grit the team showed.