Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Millwall

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Derby 2 - 0 Bournemth

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McClaren hails great response

Steve McClaren was full of praise for his entire squad after his Derby side thumped Blackpool 5-1 at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

Last Updated: 07/12/13 at 17:21 Post Comment

Steve McClaren: Derby boss praised his players after Blackpool romp

Steve McClaren: Derby boss praised his players after Blackpool romp

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

McClaren was especially delighted with the effort and energy shown by his players after coming back from an early Blackpool goal.

A hat-trick from Chris Martin and goals from Craig Bryson and Richard Keogh cancelled out Isaiah Osbourne's opener for the Seasiders as Derby overcame the first-half deficit in style.

"We said at half time its a case of staying in the game and we'll get stronger because we have a fit bunch here," McClaren said.

"That's basically what we did, we ground Blackpool down, made them make errors and lose concentration and we scored some great goals.

"We felt our tempo wasn't right in the first half it was a case of when we lost the ball we allowed Blackpool too much time on the ball and too much possession and that's not our game, at half time we brought on Johnny Russell, we played higher up the park and make sure when we lose it we win the ball back."

McClaren added: "We got a bit of luck with the goal coming 40 seconds into the second half with that penalty but over 90 minutes we wore the opposition down to get the result."

On the subject of hat-trick hero Martin, McClaren was quick to point out the striker's significance in the side.

"Everybody's contributed and we're getting 10, 20, 30 per cent more from the players each week and Chris is out focal point, he's the one everyone can play off.

"We don't want to stop the run, our first job was to try and bring the crowds back and play the kind of football that would encourage that, the players have done that and I've inherited a good squad."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for one of their most disjointed Champions League performances in a 1-0 defeat at FC Basel.

Manchester United news: Rio Ferdinand says he has nothing against 'gentleman' David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes is a "great man" and would welcome a chat with the former Manchester United manager.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

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