Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says a win against Derby would be ‘worth more than three points’.
The Reds take on their biggest rivals at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.30pm) and will be on the hunt for victory following a difficult recent run.
And their manager says the impact a win would have on his team’s confidence could provide as much of a boost as the three points.
Freedman told Forest Player HD: “It’ll give a huge confidence boost to the players - and to the forwards if they can score some goals - so it’ll be worth more than three points.
“It’s a game we need and one we’ve been looking forward to for the last few weeks now. We’ve been playing some fantastic football and just need to make sure we put the ball in the back of the net.
“There is no better time than tomorrow night against our local rivals.”
Freedman has experience of playing in an East Midlands derby at The City Ground, scoring for Forest in a Premiership 2-2 draw in 1998.
And he believes the manner of his goal that day is significant given his side’s recent wastefulness.
The manager said: “I try and tell my players, especially my younger players, that it was a rebound I scored from – a scrappy goal, and that’s where we are right now.
“We need to make sure, for all the wonderful play we have got up to the 18-yard box and the shots we’re having, that we get into the key positions to get the winning goal.
“I remember that particular game because it was live on Sky – it was a big match. Pierre Van Hooijdonk was back and Derby were doing well at the time.
“It was a match that definitely sticks in my mind.”