Confidence lacking at Pride Park

26 December 2009 06:02
The Rams were booed off at the end of a dismal display in the 2-0 home loss to Blackpool on Boxing Day after scarcely mustering a shot on goal.[LNB]Derby were run ragged by striker Brett Ormerod, who scored once, forced an own goal, and could have had another three.[LNB]But Clough concentrated on his side's own failings, which worsened when Dean Moxey was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.[LNB]"We seemed incapable of doing the simple things," said Clough.[LNB]"We looked very nervous and very short of confidence.[LNB]"The confidence is very fragile and we looked for short of ideas. At times we couldn't pass the ball to a white shirt."[LNB]For Derby there was little to cheer about as they failed to create a clear-cut chance.[LNB]Clough added: "We relied on our wide players to create things and I don't think they put in one useful cross today and the back four also struggled."[LNB]The hosts, who had gone four games unbeaten before their last two defeats, now face a daunting trip to leaders Newcastle on Monday.[LNB]Clough admitted: "We could go to Newcastle and get a result or we could lose 5-0 - at the moment I'm not sure where my money would be."[LNB]Ormerod's low cross in the 38th minute which was turned into his own net by Jake Buxton as the Seasiders took the lead.[LNB]Ormerod, who hit the bar in the second minute, added a deserved second 15 minutes from time when he was put clean through by Gary Taylor-Fletcher and rounded Rams goalkeeper Stephen Bywater to score.[LNB]Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was thrilled with the 33-year-old's performance.[LNB]"Brett was a shining example to all young footballers today," said Holloway.[LNB]"I'm just glad he got the goal he deserved in the end. His movement and running off the ball was tremendous and he caused them all sorts of problems.[LNB]"I'm enjoying the way the team is playing at the moment and unlike most managers in this division I get a bonus for just staying up so I'm not thinking too much about promotion.[LNB]"I thought we thoroughly deserved it today but there are no easy games in this division.[LNB]"But I believe we will improve and today it looked like the players were enjoying it and believing in themselves."[LNB][LNB]

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