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

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

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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Wayne Rooney wants Manchester United captaincy and title challenge

Wayne Rooney is keen to be named Man United captain and is confident the team can challenge for the title.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Liverpool: Fara Williams welcomes Steven Gerrard contract news

Fara Williams reckons the contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost.

Mail Box

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...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

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