It's another stepping stone for Jacobs as he continues on learning curve at Selhurst Park
MICHAEL Jacobs believes completing 90 minutes for the first time in a Derby County shirt is a stepping stone for him as he looks to settle in the Championship.
The 20-year-old left winger lined up against Crystal Palace on Saturday for only his third League start for the Rams since he signed from Northampton Town in the summer.
Derby lost 3-0 at Selhurst Park and while disappointed with the result, Jacobs was pleased to see the game through and feels he can take positives from his performance.
He said: "I played for the under-21 side against Nottingham Forest in midweek, did quite well and scored. I've done well in training, so it was nice to get a start and get 90 minutes under my belt, especially in the League.
"I had done 70 and 75 minutes but not a 90, so it's another stepping stone for me in my career and I'm learning how to play in the Championship.
"You have to learn. There are a lot of positives I can take from my performance but I also know I have got to get the ball into the box and create chances for team-mates.
"I'll learn from the Palace game and hopefully I can take it into next week, if I'm picked."
Nigel Clough was pleased with Jacobs' display.
"I thought Michael did very well," added the manager. "He took the right-back on all afternoon.
"He should have put more crosses in but, at 20 years old, we are very pleased with him."
Defeat at Palace was Derby's second in London in eight days after losing 2-1 at Millwall.
"They've been two difficult trips," said Jacobs.
"We were more disappointed after Millwall because we worked hard and got back into the game. We played quite well in the second half. We battered them, especially for an away performance.
"We lost 3-0 to Palace but I didn't think it was a 3-0 performance from us.
"I thought the second goal killed us. It's a tough place to go and when the crowd get behind Palace, they're a driving force.
"We started the second half really well and got into some good areas. I should've maybe done better when I got in those areas but you learn from that.
"Palace are a very good team. Look at some of their players – they've got Zaha who has just come back from playing for England.
"They've got Murray, who I thought was outstanding up front. They've got a really good squad and a good balance. I think they'll be up there at the end of the season."