New Derby County football advisor Harry Redknapp has told the London Evening Standard that manager Darren Wassall could not sleep after watching the Rams throw away a 3-0 lead against Rotherham United earlier this month.
Derby had raced into a commanding position at the New York Stadium after putting in a brilliant performance, but they were punished by Rotherham in the final 10 minutes.
Two goals from Leon Best and a solitary strike from Danny Ward completed a remarkable comeback for the Millers.
And Wassall took the result badly, with Redknapp revealing that the 47-year-old had to go out for a late night jog to try and take his mind off the match.
“Darren Wassall, who I’m helping out at Derby, told me after they blew a 3-0 lead to draw at Rotherham, he got up at 3am and went for a run because he couldn’t sleep,” he said.
“That wouldn’t have happened to him when he was coaching but that’s how it gets you. I’ve been there a million times.
“He’s a strong character — it looks to me like you couldn’t knock him down with a sledgehammer — he’s got great belief in himself and that will help him recover.”
Wassall’s Derby side have bounced back from that draw with Rotherham in impressive style.
The Rams managed to beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 last weekend, to ensure that they remained in contention for promotion in the Championship.
Wassall has now won four of his first eight matches in charge of the Midlands side, to arrest their slide down the table.
Derby are currently seven points away from the automatic promotion spaces, meaning that they may have to settle for a place in the play offs this season.