DERBY County’s players can make club history tomorrow, writes STEVE NICHOLSON.
They are already assured of third place in the Championship and their best season in seven years as they look forward to the play-offs.
Now they have a record points’ tally within their grasp.
Victory over Watford last Saturday lifted them to 84 points – level with their previous best tally, based on three points for a win.
That has been achieved four times. The other three seasons were 2006-07, and 1986-87 and 1985-86 when the Rams won back-to-back promotions under manager Arthur Cox.
A point or more against Leeds United at Elland Road in their final league fixture of the season would see Steve McClaren’s side set a new mark.
McClaren agrees that is a motivation for his players, as is recording an 11th straight victory over Leeds.
“It is a chance for the players to go down in history,” said McClaren.
“When people look back in years to come they will ask ‘who was in that team?’
“When I was here at Derby in the successes under Arthur Cox people remember the players.
“When Jim Smith was here and promotion was won in the mid-nineties, you knew the players.
“Fans still talk about the players now, even from Brian Clough’s era.
“So the players can be a part of history, part of a successful club.”
Derby had 11 points from nine games when McClaren was appointed at the beginning of October.
In total, 73 points have been collected from 36 matches since he has been in charge, an average of 2.02 points per game.
The Rams have scored 83 goals in 45 league games.
It is their best tally in almost 50 years since the team of 1964-65 scored 84.