Tyrone Mears has revealed how Derby boss Billy Davies is constantly motivating him to prove people wrong.
"He says that every day and reminds me they didn't think I could handle it and urges me to go and show them. He uses that technique with a lot of the players because Gary Teale has come from Wigan, Andy Todd and Jay McEveley from Blackburn, Stephen Pearson from Celtic."
Oakley said: "The manager deliberately got players here who have a point to prove. Portsmouth are full of million-pound players but we gave them problems and feel comfortable against teams like these."