NIGEL Clough has stressed the importance of Derby County building on their solid start to the season.
They are unbeaten in three games, two in the Championship and one in the Capital One Cup, and now three of their next four fixtures are at home.
Leicester City visit Pride Park tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, before the Rams make the trip to Yeovil, but they are back on their own patch for the visit of Brentford in the second round of the Capital One Cup and Burnley in the League.
Clough believes if Derby can remain unbeaten through to the end of the month it could set them up for a good first half to the season.
“It’s a big three games for us, four if you include the Capital One Cup tie with Brentford, even at this stage of the season,” said Clough.
“We are trying to build some momentum, and we feel we are doing that.
“We finished last season with a win against Millwall and in 10th place. We had a good pre-season, we have got four points from the first two league games and we are through in the cup.
“It was a very good first week of the season for us.
“Let’s see what happens in the next three because we also know around the corner in the Championship can be a run of eight without a win despite playing well at times, as we saw last season!
“I think there is a quiet determination in the squad to stay unbeaten going into the international break.”
Successive away wins have set Derby up for the clash with Leicester.
Clough’s team had the fifth best home record in the Championship last season. They collected 43 points from 23 games and only Cardiff City (51), Bolton Wanderers (48) and Crystal Palace (47) had better returns. Only Palace and Leicester City scored more goals at home than Derby.
“We have got to do our business at Pride Park,” said Clough. “We still feel that is where we have to get the majority of our points and we want to get a home victory under our belt as soon as we can.
“We’ve had back-to-back away wins so now we want to give our home fans their first win.
“It’s been a good start and it’s great to see everyone so positive and full of confidence.
“We’re unbeaten in three and it’s a good habit to be in.”