RICHARD Keogh believes that Derby County are building up to a comprehensive victory after not claiming their just rewards in recent matches.
The Rams are winless in their last six games, a run which could – with better luck – easily have garnered them as many as 15 points, rather than the four they have accumulated.
And ahead of Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City, kick-off 3pm, Keogh said: “I think we are due a big win.
“We’ve had some good performances recently but not got the results, and hopefully someone is going to be on the end of a good result for us.”
The Derby skipper became the only player to have featured in every minute of every game on Tuesday night after team-mate John Brayford picked up a hamstring injury prior to the 1-1 draw away to Championship leaders Cardiff City.
However, Keogh said: “It’s a nice statistic, but I don’t really think too much about things like that.
“John is a great player and we’ll miss him, but I thought Val (Valentin Gjokaj) came in and did well.
“He’s on my side of the pitch so I tried to help him out a bit, but we all do that to each other anyway.”
The Rams more than matched their high-flying opponents in South Wales, and possibly deserved all three points after going ahead through Conor Sammon’s first goal since New Year’s Day.
However, Derby were ahead for just eight minutes, as Craig Noone nodded in an equaliser.
And Keogh said: “I don’t think Adam (Legzdins) had much to do, apart from the goal, and I thought we defended well.
“But that started from the front, with Conor and Chris closing down, and the midfield did the same.”
Keogh’s defensive partner Jake Buxton returned to the starting line-up for the previous game against Crystal Palace, and put in some immense headers and tackles throughout the game, and especially in the final five minutes as the Rams held out a late Cardiff onslaught.
Keogh said: “Bucko had a great game, and he’s a great player.
“It’s good to have him back in there.”
Meanwhile, new signing Craig Forsyth, who made his debut at the Cardiff City Stadium, is hoping to impress his new employers enough to earn a permanent move.
The Scottish left-sided player joined on loan from Watford, and with the Hornets having brought in a host of foreign imports this season, Forsyth believes his days are numbered at Vicarage Road.
The former Dundee player said: “I’ve got to be realistic about Watford’s situation and what they’ve done.
“And if it all goes well for them, they’ll probably do it again next year.
“So I’ve got to think that this is the chance for me to impress people.”