"It is important, as a player, that you understand how important matches like this are for the fans.
"We were in on Wednesday and talked through what had gone wrong and what we needed to do to rectify it," said Higginbotham. "All the lads and the management knew what we needed to do.
THE left foot volley that swept a high, dropping ball low into the corner of the net demonstrated all the poise and panache of an experienced Premier League striker.
against Forest and Higginbotham will have to search even further back into his memory banks for that a 0 0 draw at Pride Park back in October 2002.
It will not be unfamiliar territory for Higginbotham, as he returns to the club he played for 98 times between 2000 and 2003 after joining from Manchester United.
"But the most important thing is to make sure Forest stay in the Championship. We are on our way to achieving this.
"I remember it being a great occasion and a good atmosphere and that it finished 0 0.
"We know we have to maintain things between now and the end of White Air Max 90 Outfit the season. Only then can we look back and reflect and look forward to going again next season."
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As he prepares to face one of his former clubs, the defender is more than aware that his primary task at Pride Park will be to deny the Rams a route to goal of their own.
"If you leave Doncaster out of it, we are actually on a fairly good run. We showed our quality against Millwall. Look at Reidy he was a different class to everyone else.
"It is all about keeping cool heads. If we can go there in the right frame of mind, we can get the result we want."
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Higginbotham was clearly delighted to have found the net against Millwall on Saturday, as he celebrated joyously with his team mates.
"But the result was more important. It was a game we needed to win, against one of the teams in there around us and we got the job done.
"I have only played in one of these matches, it was years ago, at Pride Park," he said.
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"I have been fortunate enough to play in some big derbies during my career with different clubs. This game falls into that category. It is one of those you look forward to being involved in.
But what is equally important is that they do not allow themselves to slip back into the habits that saw Forest slump to a home defeat at the hands of Doncaster a week ago.
It is simple to suggest that, if Forest play as they did against Millwall, they have a good chance of returning from Pride Park with the result their fans desperately crave.
But, while he may be accustomed to plying his trade in the top flight, it had actually been almost a year since on loan Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham had last scored.
"We proved on Saturday that the result was a blip. We now want to continue this form for the rest of the season.
Danny Higginbotham looking forward to another taste of derby action
"I was delighted with the goal. It has been a while since I got on the scoresheet so it had been coming," he said.
"But you cannot get carried away yourself. You have to play the game, not the occasion.
there has been a lot of frustration around.
But there is no question that he is looking forward to the prospect of facing Nigel Clough's side as part of a Reds team that has looked to be revived since he, along with George Elokobi, Scott Wootton and Adlene Guedioura, arrived on loan at the City Ground.
"We can go to Derby with confidence. It is a huge game. It is important we take the good things out of Saturday and try to produce them again at Pride Park.
And, while the 33 year old certainly enjoyed the moment on Saturday, as he provided the second goal of the game against Millwall, he knows his priority between now and he end of the season will be very different.
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