ERIC Steele says Derby County are determined to build on the past month.
The Rams’ new management team of head coach Steve McClaren, first-team coach Paul Simpson and goalkeeping coach Steele was appointed four weeks ago today.
Derby are unbeaten in that time, having drawn against Ipswich Town and Birmingham City, and beaten Leeds United and Watford.
Eights points from 12 have lifted the team to eighth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s visit to face Queen’s Park Rangers.
Steele says it has been a whirlwind month, but an enjoyable and encouraging one.
He has also praised the response of the players.
“The players have given everything in terms of commitment,” Steele said.
“Training has been terrific to watch. The tempo and the appetite to train has been outstanding and we are starting to see little bits coming through in the games.
“The work rate and ethic within the group was never in doubt. This is a very, very good group.
“They want to work and want to learn, and they are going to do that under Steve, definitely.
“It has been a good four weeks and we are happy with the way it has gone.
“There have been enough encouraging signs for the future.
“It’s a gradual process and we want to build on every result.”
Derby were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday to leave players and management frustrated.
“We see it as a chance missed to build on what we have done and to build on a great result at Watford the previous week,” said Steele.
“Obviously, we are still very pleased in terms of chances created.
“I think we are being spoiled a little bit. We had scored four goals, and three goals twice, and you think it is going to be the same but that is not the way the Championship works. The law of averages says you will not do that every week.
“The fact we created chances early on against Birmingham was pleasing. It would have been nice had one gone in and maybe it would have made the game a little bit different.
“We are continuing to make chances and that is very encouraging.
“I think we have done what Steve (McClaren) said from the start. We wanted to have a look at the players at the club, and give them the chance both in training and in games.
“I don’t think we have had a game yet where we haven’t used 14 players.”