Before the season was put on hold, Derby County were beginning to work up a nice head of steam at a crucial part of the year.
It’s certainly been an eventful campaign from start to finish for the Rams but, as we closed in on the business end, they were beginning to look like dark horses for a play-off place.
They’ll be frustrated, then, that they’re now having to wait to get back to the thick of it but, of course, they’ll also understand why that has had to be the case.
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The plan from here, then, needs to be for the players to keep as sharp and fit as possible so that, when the season is picked up – and it is expected to be eventually – they can pick up from where they left off.
The break might well play into the hands of a couple of Rams players, too, so let’s take a look at the potential beneficiaries:
Holmes looked set to be out for a large chunk of the run-in after getting injured in the middle of February but he now has the chance to really play a part once the season resumes.
The American winger has scored a few goals this season and will be thinking he’s got time to add to his tally before things are wound up.
Huddlestone returned to training as the campaign came to a halt and will have needed to get over the adjustment period first of all of going to have to work alone.
However, the extended period gives him time to work on any issues he might still have without needing to rush back for games, he’s now got plenty of time to be as sharp as possible for the run in.