The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

DERBY may not have been able to make it eight suc­ces­sive league wins, but their hard­earned point against an im­pres­sive Ful­ham side only served to out­line their pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials.

The Rams were cer­tainly not at their best, but the sign of a good team is when they are able to pick up a re­sult when not at the top of their game.

In Tom Ince they boast one of the league’s most po­tent play­ers and he was at the heart of the ac­tion at Craven Cot­tage with a goal and an as­sist.

This was al­ways go­ing to be a tricky game for Steve McClaren’s team but this point could prove in­valu­able come the end of the sea­son, be­cause this was a match in which they had to dig deep and could have left with noth­ing.

Ful­ham are a good side and will con­tinue to climb the ta­ble un­der Slav­isa Jokanovic pro­vid­ing they cut out the sloppy er­rors – in­deed they will feel as if they have gifted Derby two early Christ­mas presents.

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