Derby County manager Steve McClaren will be pleased with the way his team fought back from 3-1 down to get a point at Rotherham last night.
It was a point which allowed the Rams to move level on points with Bournemouth at the top of the Championship and places pressure on Middlesbrough ahead of their game against Birmingham City this evening.
Here are five things we learned about Derby last night.
The side certainly have fight
The fact Derby fought back from trailing by two goals is an example of the fight the side has. Steve McClaren will be delighted with that quality but will be keen for the team to avoid similar positions in the near future.
What happened at half-time?
Rotherham came out after the break and scored twice within ten minutes. Only the Derby players will know what Steve McClaren said but they weren’t switched on awake at the start of the second half which allowed the home side to stretch out an advantage.
Ince is in superb form
Midfielder Tom Ince added a brace to his goal tally after moving to the club on loan at the end of the January transfer window. He finds pockets of space and ways to get on the end of chances in and around the opponent’s penalty area. Long may his form continue.
Bent is quickly becoming most important player
Darren Bent is under huge pressure in the Derby County attack because of the recent injury to Chris Martin. He started last night and kept going right throughout the game, eventually getting on the score sheet in the 83rd minute.
McClaren isn’t afraid to take a risk
Not many managers would have had the guts to put three players on from the bench within the space of two minutes. McClaren deserves a pat on the back for reacting quickly and positively as soon as his team went 3-1 down.