Elland Road

Next Game

Leeds v Ipswich

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Elland Road

Last Game

Leeds 2 - 3 Watford

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McClaren praises character

Former England manager Steve McClaren was happy for his Derby team to take the credit after they recorded a 10th straight win over Leeds with a convincing 3-1 victory at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 05/10/13 at 22:04 Post Comment

Steve McClaren: Delighted with Derby's 3-1 win over Leeds

Steve McClaren: Delighted with Derby's 3-1 win over Leeds

Derby's new head coach watched from the stands until midway through the second half as goals from Chris Martin, Johnny Russell and Will Hughes capped an impressive attacking display that was too much for Leeds.

Martin and Russell struck in the space of three first-half minutes to deservedly put Derby on course for their first Sky Bet Championship home win of the season and although Jason Pearce headed in just before the break to give Leeds hope, Hughes settled it with another classy goal 12 minutes from the end.

It ended a week in which former manager Nigel Clough had been controversially sacked on a high note and left McClaren praising the character of his players who had come back from 4-1 down to draw with Ipswich on Tuesday night.

"For the character they have shown from Tuesday half-time onwards, the players deserve tremendous praise and credit," McClaren said.

"We do our work and prepare the team as best we can but the players have to perform and take responsibility and they did that in the second half on Tuesday and today.

"Staying upstairs gives me a better perspective on the game and I think that's important early when it's a new team, I'm trying to get a picture of this instead of seeing legs and bodies on the touchline and shouting when they can't hear me, or ignore me!

"I don't see the point and I get a better idea of this team upstairs and I think it helps me in the end make better decisions for the team. I think it was important to keep out the way and let the players do their job which is what they did.

"In the two games we have seen all our frailties and all our strengths, and there's a lot of work to do."

For Leeds manager Brian McDermott it was old failings which cost his team again against a club the Yorkshire outfit have not beaten since September 2005.

"You are disappointed when you lose the first goals which we have done too many times this season," he said.

"In the last two games we have let ourselves down away from home but before I turned up here I think we had 21 games away from home and won one.

"We need to get a mentality away from home where we are very difficult to play against and we weren't today. This has recurred too many times, giving away the first goal and it's something we need to look at.

"We played a lot of football today in the middle of the pitch but you are judged on what you do in both boxes and we weren't good enough in both boxes.

"We need a winning mentality. When I was at Reading two years ago when we hardly had any points on the board after 10 games and we just clicked into place and we worked on that.

"We've had that conversation in the dressing room today and talked about that mentality and it's not about hoping you will get a result, it's knowing you will get a result and that's where we have to get to."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Chelsea captain John Terry not planning England return despite Wembley heroics

John Terry has no plans to reconsider his international retirement despite an emotional Capital One Cup win at Wembley.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea desire strong for more trophies

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea will be relentless in their desire to add further honours to Sunday's Capital One Cup success this season.

Greg Dyke offers Wembley as venue for possible FIFA presidential debate

FA chairman Greg Dyke has offered Wembley Stadium to host a FIFA presidential debate, should one be arranged before May's election.

Mail Box

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company