Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Reading

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Pride Park Stadium

Last Game

Derby 2 - 2 Cardiff

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Clough: Errors cost us again

Nigel Clough admitted his side are lacking quality in vital areas after Derby's 2-1 defeat at Watford.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 09:02 Post Comment

Nigel Clough: Quality needed at Derby

Nigel Clough: Quality needed at Derby

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Hornets moved into the automatic promotion places thanks to goals from Matej Vydra and Joel Ekstrand although Jamie Ward's penalty ensured a nervy finish for the hosts.

But for Clough it was a familiar tale as some wayward finishing and poor defending at set pieces cost his side dearly again.

"We're quite pleased with the performance generally and it's little things in games," he said.

"We had numerous situations and it's been a failing of ours, we don't make the most of them in the final third.

"Whether it's decision making or a lack of quality and then our old Achilles heel, failing to defend a corner as well has ultimately cost us the game.

"There was nothing in the game generally between the two teams. They were two passing sides, I didn't think there was a great deal, just that little bit of quality and us failing to defend the set play. Very simple things win or lose football matches most of the times, basics.

"They're absolutely knackered again, they give it absolutely everything. I just said to them you've got to learn that you're wasting your own work in some ways.

"You're putting so much in and there's just little things that are stopping us getting a point or three.

"The second we rectify those or do whatever we can, then they'll be getting the rewards for their hard work. You can't fault their effort at all."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Capital One Cup Live

Live updates from the Capital One Cup third round as well as the latest news and views from the world of sport.

Scottish football: Former Celtic striker John Divers has died aged 74

Former Celtic striker John Divers has died. He was 74.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be positive against Nottingham Forest

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham need to change their mentality after the defeat by West Brom.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property