Pirelli Stadium

Next Game

Burton Alb v Derby

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Last Game

Notts Co 1 - 3 Derby

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 13:00

Friendly Match

McClaren impressed by Derby

Derby head coach Steve McClaren saw his team draw a blank for the third game running but is backing them to start firing again soon after they were held to a 0-0 draw by improving Bolton at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 11/03/14 at 22:56 Post Comment

Steve McClaren: Backed Derby to start firing again soon

Steve McClaren: Backed Derby to start firing again soon

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

McClaren watched Derby do everything but score against a Bolton team that had won their last three games but were forced to defend in numbers for much of the night.

There were few clear-cut chances but Jamie Ward was only inches away from giving Derby the lead in the 37th minute with a shot from 15 yards that beat Adam Bogdan but flashed just wide.

Andre Moritz tested Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant with a 20-yard shot in the first half but the home side dominated and Craig Bryson forced Bogdan into a sprawling save in the 53rd minute.

Bryson finally opened up Bolton in the third minute of added time with a clever back-heel but substitute Conor Sammon fired straight at Bogdan to leave the home fans and McClaren frustrated.

"It was a great performance, we dominated from start to finish and there was great determination from the players against a Bolton side that had scored 11 goals in their last three games," McClaren said.

"We played great football and switched the play, got crosses in and played very well. I couldn't fault it. I was just sat there waiting for the goal to go in but at the moment it's not going for us.

"A few weeks ago we were winning games in the last minute but it will turn, we have players who can score and I'm just pleased with the attitude of the players and we deserved to win the game."

After defeats in their last two games, a draw was an improvement for Derby.

"I think any point at this stage of the season is important and it was important we didn't lose and gave a reaction," McClaren said.

"It was important we gave a performance and I can't fault it. Our play was controlled, patient and was everything that should have won the game."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman admitted his team had to dig deep to deny Derby victory.

"We had to reshape very quickly because Derby produced a very good attacking display, probably one of the best I've witnessed this season," Freedman said.

"They passed it and moved very well so we had to make sure we defended well which we did to get a very good point and one we should be proud of.

"It's a very good point for us because Derby are fighting for promotion and three months ago that wouldn't have happened to us.

"We showed a resilience in our defending and I'm very proud of that point because it was one we would not have got earlier in the season.

"It was a fantastic display by Derby and they are probably disappointed they didn't win but you can't fault our effort or commitment."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

rturo Vidal, James Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria...........who cares we have Mark Oxley.......Ah tis good to be Hibs fan :)

frakessmee
Hull keeper agrees Hibs loan

I

t's just a ride. Bill Hicks is sorely missed, what a prophet and still relevant twenty years after his death. I'm glad though he didn't get to see George Bush Jnr as President.

thesza888
Wilshere: Is He Smoking Enough?

W

hile not comparing the ability of Wilshire to Dr Socrates of Brazil, didn't he do about forty a day?

nedsmar
Wilshere sorry for smoking

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

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