Patient Michael Jacobs is hoping to climb another rung up the Championship learning ladder
WINGER Michael Jacobs is hoping his lively display against Championship leaders Crystal Palace has earned him another start for Derby County tomorrow.
Jacobs made only his third start in the League for Derby when he lined up against Palace at Selhurst Park last Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Northampton Town in the summer, also started the Capital One Cup tie at home to Scunthorpe United in August.
Jacobs was a regular on the team sheet at Northampton Town and made 50 appearances for the Cobblers last season but accepts he is on a learning curve after stepping up two divisions.
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"There are a lot of good players here at Derby and sometimes you have to be patient and wait for your chance," he added.
"There's no way I'm going to start kicking up a fuss because I've spent a lot of time on the bench. I'm not that sort of lad – I'll wait for my chance.
"I got a chance against Palace and I thought I did quite well.
"Hopefully, I can keep it going, keep performing and start a few more games."
Jacobs completed a League game for Derby for the first time when he played 90 minutes at Palace.
He played on the left side of a four-man midfield and hopes he did enough to keep his place when Birmingham City visit Pride Park.
"It was a shame about the result at Palace," said Jacobs.
"Personally, it was nice for me to get 90 minutes in the League but it is about the result. We have lost two away games on the bounce and, hopefully, we can change that against Birmingham on Saturday."
Jacobs still has to pinch himself when he runs out for Derby.
"I've gone from playing at in front of 1,000 at Accrington Stanley on a Tuesday night and this Tuesday we play Cardiff and there will probably be 25,000 there," he said.
"The big difference is the standard of the players you come up against in the Championship and the standard of players you play with.
"You get more time on the ball than you do in League Two but the players are better and so your decision-making has to be quicker. A lot more is expected of you.
"It is a big step up, and it is a learning curve for me."