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Dickie: Derby winner came from training ground work

ROB Dickie revealed after Wednesday’s 1-0 victory at Derby County that the game’s decisive moment was a product of hard work on the club’s training ground.

With the clash against the Rams looking destined to head for a draw, Dickie’s expertly-timed tackle on Kamil Jozwiak allowed him to stride forward before picking out the head of Macauley Bonne with a pinpoint cross.

Bonne duly headed home to seal all three points for the R’s and, talking to Sky Sports after the match, defender Dickie put the goal down to the pair having learned each other’s games in the last few weeks.

“I have been training with Macca for a month or so now, since he joined the club, so I know his movements,” said Dickie. “I just had to make sure I got the ball to him and I knew that he would do the rest.

“It was brilliant to see the ball fly in. We had to dig deep at times – they [Derby] are a good side and are probably in a bit of a false position at the moment. We dug in, defended our goal really well and to get the win was amazing.”

Rangers have now kept four clean sheets in Dickie’s nine Championship appearances for the club and they’ll be hoping to keep number five when they head to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The fixture at Ewood Park will conclude a run of seven games in just three weeks.

Dickie said: “You always feel a bit fitter when you have won the last game. It's manic, obviously, but personally I quite like it when the games come thick and fast. We are a young squad and we can cope with it because we recover well.”

The win at Derby made it back-to-back Championship wins for the R’s for the first time in 2020.

Dickie said: “Before this last week, we have been on the wrong side of a couple of close games and it was nice to come away with three points tonight [Wednesday] and last weekend [against Cardiff] as well.”