DERBY County coach Andy Garner was delighted with the way his side bounced back from their cup disappointment to record a fabulous 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The Rams purred throughout the impressive display at Pride Park, and claimed just rewards for their efforts thanks to goals from Craig Bryson, Jamie Ward and Richard Keogh.
And Garner said it was nice to see the players back to the standard at which he knows they can perform.
He said: “It was a case of normal service being resumed and our performance was superb.
“From the first minute to the last we were on the front foot and after a disappointing defeat last weekend, the lads bounced back in superb fashion.
“You can’t fault the lads at all and that’s as good as we’ve been for a little while, and to get a win on the board to push us right up the table is a hugely satisfying feeling.
“We’re all delighted and already we’re looking forward to next Saturday’s game at Sheffield Wednesday.
“The quality of our goals, the honesty, the desire and the commitment was top class, and although Huddersfield haven’t been on a good run lately, they are a good side, make no mistake about that.
“Our good start was key today; we dominated the game and got two quality goals to calm us down.”
Garner also revealed that last weekend’s FA Cup fourth round defeat to Blackburn Rovers – a 3-0 result of the wrong kind – had affected the players more than expected.
But he was pleased to see that negative turned into a positive result.
He said: “It’s been a funny week really and the Blackburn defeat hurt the lads more than we thought.
“They were down after the game and even more so when they saw we could have been away to Arsenal if we had gone through, so that was a double blow.
“The lads were a bit down and subdued all week, which wasn’t like them, so the gaffer (Nigel Clough) had a meeting with them yesterday and a few words were said.
“It seemed to do the trick because from 3pm we were on it and that’s a sign of the great character this squad has.”
The Rams will look to build on this result away to Sheffield Wednesday next weekend, and despite 10 of the squad being on international duty in the interim, Garner was in a confident mood.
He said: “It’s a great piece of recognition for the lads and as long as they don’t get injured, we’re looking at it as a positive.
“It’s going to be a strange week with most of the players on international duty, but we’ll be ready for the game next weekend.”