"It's been a great week for me": Derby striker reflects on goalscoring form

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Derby County striker James Collins has had a memorable week scoring five goals in two games.

The Irishman bagged a hat trick against Wolves U21s in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday night and then a further two more in the Rams' impressive 3-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend.

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That takes Collins' goal tally this season to 10 in all competitions this season.

Speaking to Rams TV ahead of Derby's FA Cup replay with Crewe Alexandra, Collins emphasised how important it is for him to be on form. He said: "I've not had a week like that for a long time. It's been a great week for me personally and for the club as well.

"We got a win against Wolves' Under-21s to get into the next round of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy and then a great win on Saturday against Barnsley. It showed what a good side we were against a promotion contender."

Collins' week began on Wednesday with a hat trick againsty Wolves U21s, something that he said gave him a massive boost: "It was massive for me. I hadn't played from the start for a few weeks leading up to that.

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"I was a bit disappointed in myself when I came on against Northampton and then had a goal disallowed against Crewe in the First Round tie.

"Getting a hat-trick in any game will always boost your confidence. I felt good, I try and keep myself fit and ticking over and ready to go. Saturday came and I managed to score another two."

The Rams come off the back of a fantastic 3-0 win over promotion rivals Barnsley as they look to try and push into the playoff places. A dominating performance from Paul Warne's side has shown they are capable of promotion this season.

Collins described the win as a real statement for Derby, he said: "The gaffer made it clear to us before the game that our record against top six sides hasn't been great last year and this year.

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"Barnsley are a good side, they are always in and around it in League One so to put a statement down on Saturday shows others that we can do it and we are looking to kick on now.

"Maybe the international break has come at a bad time really because we are on a good run but it will give other lads a chance to get back fit."

Derby host Crewe on Tuesday night in an FA Cup first round replay after they drew 2-2 in the first game. Collins expects the crowd to make all the difference, he added: "Tuesday, we'll have the crowd behind us, we're in good form and if we can get the first goal, they'll have to come out and we can hopefully punish them."

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