Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Wigan

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Bloomfield Road

Last Game

Blackpool 0 - 1 Derby

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Clough feels draw was fair

Derby County boss Nigel Clough was satisfied with side's draw with Blackburn Rovers in their Championship opener.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 11:23 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Rams took the lead through a first half penalty from debutante Johnny Russell, but Rovers claimed a point with a brilliant close-range strike from Leon Best a minute from full time.

"Over the balance of the game, I thought it was a fair result actually," Clough declared.

"They started the game well, then we changed it slightly halfway through the first half and got on top. Maybe over the course of the 90 minutes they had enough chances, so a draw might be fair.

"It's always difficult the first one, it's a big occasion for everybody and I'm delighted we didn't lose."

Russell, a summer signing from Dundee United, marked his Derby debut with a coolly-taken spot kick and Clough is pleased he has a reliable option from 12 yards.

"I'm glad we scored a penalty, because we have missed the last five or six! It's good we have got someone who can tuck them in. It's a good boost for him, getting a goal on his debut.

"It's just disappointing the manner in which we conceded the goal, and the lateness of it."

Asked if a finish in the top six is a realistic target, the Derby boss responded:

"We're aiming for it. There are going to be a lot of games where we are going to be nervous, hopefully we can get our noses in front, and be able to see it through."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

T

hat's it for me, that's ego talking and nothing more. Three seasons in and he still hasn't resolved the issues in defence. This won't end well, he doesn't have the skills needed to sort out the back four and isn't prepared to bring in those who do. This is the worst team I've seen since the late days of Houllier. Brendan...you're fired.

rodger's gusset
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Per Mertesacker urges Arsenal style change

Per Mertesacker has called on Arsenal to try something other than 'one-twos through the middle'.

Rodgers: No defence coach needed at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers insists that Liverpool do not need a defensive coach despite shipping 19 goals in all competitions this season.

European Qualifiers: Serbia handed 3-0 walkover win but deducted three points

Serbia have been handed a 3-0 walkover against Albania following last week’s European Qualifier - but lose the points.

Mail Box

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

Dropping Jack And Pity For Poor Alexis...

We have lots more mails about Liverpool (is Brendan the naked emperor?) and Arsenal. One reader feels sorry for Alexis Sanchez while one wants Wilshere dropped...

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