Derby County defended their position at the top of the Championship table last night with a 2-0 win against London side Charlton Athletic.
Goals from Jeff Hendrick and Jesse Lingard were enough to get the Rams over the line with a solid performance from a team, which was missing several key individuals.
Steve McClaren will be pleased that he’s got the balance in his formation right, along with the right blend of younger and more experienced players in all key positions.
He’ll stress it’s a case of one game at a time with 13 matches left to play in the season and that’s a common sense approach considering the gap from third place is only five points.
Derby have more reason than other sides to want to try and avoid the Championship play-offs this season and go up to the Premier League automatically.
It’s a very achievable aim by the end of the season and Derby need to continue defending themselves well against challenges coming at them from all angles for the league lead.
Here are some of the best images from the game last night.