I'm not sure if this is the day when we let Worcestershire off the hook, or if it is one in which they underlined the fighting qualities that will assert their championship credentials.
I had expectations - not as impressive as those of Charles Dickens - that we would get a first innings lead of some description, but the Worcestershire tail wagged with the alacrity of that of the world's happiest dog.
Perhaps we could have done better, but credit the batsmen and, to be fair, the runs being scored suggest that the wicket has not suddenly turned into a devil track, despite the early-game protestations that the bounce was erratic.
Top marks go to the remarkable Mr Footitt, who, in taking six wickets for the third time this summer, reached sixty wickets in what has been an outstanding season. At the same time he took his 150th wicket for the county and he deserves full recognition for his season's work and a level of fitness that must have seemed a pipe dream in his Nottinghamshire days
He now needs only four wickets to move ahead of Saeed Ajmal in the wicket-taking stakes.With three games to go after this one, that is highly likely to happen.
When our turn came to bat, Billy Godleman and Ben Slater reinforced their positive first innings impression and made fifties. Their dismissal should have been followed by those of Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen, both dropped at slip by Daryl Mitchell, at which point the game might have tipped towards the visitors.
It will be a fascinating final day with all three results possible. We should see the ambition of our visitors at the very least..a win comes close to sealing the title, a draw would keep them ahead of the pack. Early in the game they looked a little like us in 2012, approaching the finishing line but running out of steam almost too rapidly.
If they win this they would be worthy champions, but Derbyshire's players can be proud of running them close so far. For all we seemed to lose a little intensity today, it's been a good effort.
Off the pitch, news came today that Cheteshwar Pujara will indeed play against Glamorgan next week. Visa niceties complete, one of the world's best players of spin bowling will be available to bat on two wickets that usually offer it in abundance.
What's not to like?