DERBY County are currently kings of the road after bridging a 101-year gap.
Saturday’s 5-1 victory at Millwall has left the Rams with a 100 per cent record from four away games this season.
Three of the wins have come in the Championship, making it the first time since 1912 that Derby have won their first three away games of a league campaign.
In 1912, the Rams won at Sunderland, Tottenham and Notts County before losing at Aston Villa.
No Derby team in the club’s 129-year history has won four successive away league games from the start of a season, a feat the present team could achieve when they face Bolton Wanderers tomorrow night.
“That’s an incredible stat, and after last season you probably wouldn’t have said we’d do that but it just shows how things turn around,” said coach Andy Garner after the win at Millwall in which the home side had defender Shane Lowry sent off in the 50th minute.
There has been a remarkable turnaround in the away form this season.
Derby finished last season with the third worst away record in the Championship but four wins on their travels this season means they have already matched their number of away wins in 2012-13. They now have the best away record in the division.
“We were superb at home last season and now can’t get a league win at Pride Park. It was a mixed bag away from home and now we’ve won four on the spin. Incredible,” said Garner.
“Whether it’s a confidence thing now, I don’t know.
“In away games, the emphasis is on the home team to come at us. Maybe that leaves us a bit of space for the likes of Johnny Russell, Chris Martin and Jamie Ward.
“Long may this run continue because there’s nothing better than getting on the bus when you’ve got a long trip home with three points in the bag.”
The last time Derby won three successive away games in the League at any stage of a season was in 2007.
For the record, the last time Derby scored five goals in an away game was when they won 5-2 at Sheffield Wednesday in September 1997.
The last time they won 5-1 away from home was against Luton Town in an FA Cup tie in January 1993 and Saturday was the club’s biggest away win in the League since they beat Swansea at the Vetch Field in December 1984, a game in which Garner scored.