Clough positive after defeats

Derby boss Nigel Clough remains upbeat that his young side can bounce back despite the setback of successive Championship defeats.

Last Updated: 22/11/12 at 16:19 Post Comment

Nigel Clough: Has belief in his side

Nigel Clough: Has belief in his side

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Rams have lost at Millwall and Crystal Palace in their last two outings after a run of only one defeat in eight league matches.

"We look at the overall picture after 17 games and we have had a good, steady start," said Clough. "We should have a few more points on the board but there has been no ranting and raving at the players.

"Yes, we can play better than we did at Palace but generally over the last two or three months we have been very pleased with the players and we think they will improve. The youngsters will get better.

"The lads' heads really shouldn't drop because on the whole, we've had a good start to the season. We have a young group and they are learning all the time."

However Clough will be without the injured forward Jamie Ward who is likely to remain absent for Derby's next two matches.

He said: "Jamie has hardly done anything at all in terms of joining in training. He has been doing the one-to-one stuff but it will be a risk to play him on Saturday," said Clough. "If he trains [before the end of the week], then we might put him on the bench on Saturday but that is a long shot.

"Of course we would like him available, but generally in home games we have been creating things and we hope we can get away without Jamie in the next couple of matches - if we have to."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Premier League: Gus Poyet challenges Sunderland to be the first team to beat Chelsea

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has challenged his players to become the first team to beat Chelsea this season.

Brandao jailed over headbutt on Motta

Brazilian striker Brandao jailed and fined 20,000 euros (£15,850) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

Premier League: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has ankle surgery and will be out for around three months

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for around three months after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

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