LEE Grant says Derby County's winning start to the new season has dispelled concerns over a possible Wembley hangover, writes Steve Nicholson.
Last season ended in heartbreak for the Rams when they lost to Queen's Park Rangers in the Championship play-off final.
Promotion was snatched from their grasp. How would they respond?
They have started this season with two wins and two cleansheets.
Victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough today would see Derby win their first three games of a season for the first time since 1948.
Grant (pictured) believes the positive start has shown that the players are ready to challenge again.
"We have been very focused from the first day of pre-season and it is nice to be able to show everybody that we are ready to go and we are looking forward to another exciting campaign," said the Rams' number one goalkeeper.
"It is all about momentum, and so the good start is important."
Derby opened their league campaign by beating Rotherham United before they knocked Carlisle United out of the Capital One Cup.
Both games had the potential to catch out Derby, says Grant.
"On paper, most people probably expected us to beat Rotherham at home but anyone who was at the game will have seen just how organised Rotherham were, how hard they worked," he added.
"To come away from that with a clean sheet and three points was excellent. Then we had a cup tie live on TV against a club a couple of divisions below us.
"Such ties can be tricky, as we saw with other results in the Captial One Cup, but we controlled the game and progressed to the next round. Job done."