DERBY County’s thumping 5-1 victory at Millwall was the perfect response to the disappointing defeat by Burnley, says coach Andy Garner.
The Rams went into the two-week international break stung by losing 3-0 at home to Burnley, but they returned to Championship action in style on Saturday.
A hat-trick from midfielder Craig Bryson and other goals from Jake Buxton and substitute Mason Bennett saw off Millwall.
“The last two weeks have felt like a bit of a drag, unfortunately, but it gave us time to get the lads back on it again,” said Garner.
“Millwall was a test for the players and they responded with flying colours – they were magnificent.
“We got the ball rolling early on through Bucko and we got goals at important times.
“It was the perfect response to the Burnley game.
“There were so many positives it’s hard to pick one out, but the way we went about our business was excellent and we played some very good football – with an end product.”
Bryson was one of the Derby players on international duty during the break.
Bryson was away with Scotland but still shone for the Ram with three goals – the first league hat-trick by a Derby player in since Paul Simpson in April 1996.
Garner praised the quality of Bryson’s goals and his all-round display.
“They were absolutely superb finishes,” Garner added.
“We are just delighted he’s had a shot, really. We keep telling him, when he’s 20 yards out, to have a go. He certainly did that.
“Take the three goals away and it’s still an absolutely magnificent performance by him. He covered every blade of grass again, intercepting things and getting us going.
“It’s great for him and that’ll do him the world of good. Now we expect him to get a few more goals.”