Ben Davies' super strike serves as reminder to Derby County manager Nigel Clough
BEN Davies fired a reminder to Derby County manager Nigel Clough by sealing victory against Leeds United.
Davies came off the bench in the 82nd minute at Pride Park Stadium for only his third Championship appearance of the season – and first since October.
And the midfielder rounded off the Rams' 3-1 success with a fine strike deep into added time at the end of the match.
"It's been a frustrating start to the season for me but you have to keep plugging away," said Davies.
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"The lads have been outstanding, so I've had more of a back-up role.
"But the gaffer knows what I can do and it was nice to give him a bit of a reminder!
"It's hard coming in every day and not being involved but that's just the way football is sometimes.
"But I know what I'm capable of and that if I got my chance to come on, I could contribute with assists and goals.
"Thankfully, I've been able to help us see the game out.
"It was nice to get on and get a goal. There's no better feeling in the world.
"This has given me a nice confidence boost and, hopefully, I can get more minutes on the pitch now."
With Derby running the clock down, Paul Coutts found Davies on the right and he curled a sweet left-foot shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.
It was only his third goal since joining Derby from Notts County in January 2011 – his first also coming against Leeds in April of that year.
"When Couttsy slipped me in, I checked inside and got a good connection on it. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in," said the 31-year-old.
"I did an hour in training on Friday practising finishing with my left foot, so it's nice that it paid off.
"I do a lot of practice on my finishing and I know if I get the chance in and around the area, I can work the keeper, if not score.
"And I seem to like scoring against Leeds!"
Davies hailed his team-mates, who laid the foundations for victory over a Leeds side who had won their previous three matches.
"The performance from the lads was outstanding, from start to finish," said the former Shrewsbury Town man.
"Leeds are a big physical team that get the ball forward early.
"We've got a lot of young lads in our team and I thought we stood up to it well.
"Jeff (Hendrick) and Will (Hughes) were outstanding in the middle of the park.
"They were better than anything Leeds had.
"I was only on for the last 10 or 15 minutes, so all credit goes to the lads."