Clough lauds incredible Hulse

26 April 2009 09:58
Hulse was presented with the supporters' player of the year award on the pitch before the game and he responded with his 18th goal of the season.[LNB]It was enough to clinch victory and end any lingering relegations worries with one match left to play.[LNB]"The game certainly wasn't a classic but if anyone was going to get the winning goal there was no one more fitting than Rob Hulse," said Rams boss Nigel Clough.[LNB]"He's been excellent all season and it was lovely for him to score the winner.[LNB]"It means we are finally there and it's a huge relief. As it turned out, with the way other results went, a point would have been enough but it's nicer to finish with three points and a clean sheet at home.[LNB]"We can now start looking in earnest at next season and the biggest thing is to get the injured players back for that."[LNB]Clough knows Derby will have to improve to have any chance of mounting a challenge next season on the evidence of today's performance.[LNB]"I don't know what it was in the first half, whether it was nerves or tension but we were very lacklustre and didn't seem to have a lot of energy," he said.[LNB]"It was one of those games where everyone was waiting for someone else to do something but we got closer to them in the second half.[LNB]"At half-time we said to the players, 'Let's have a go at them'. That's what we have done in the last three and a half months and when we did that we looked a different side."[LNB]Charlton were already relegated but manager Phil Parkinson can still see reasons for optimism.[LNB]He said: "It's been tough and the summer can't come soon enough.[LNB]"We have to start rebuilding. We want to keep the good players and add to the squad.[LNB]"We need to bring in some firepower but Charlton is a big club and players should want to come and play for us.[LNB]"There's a great chance that this time next year we will be celebrating promotion.[LNB]"We were the better team in the first half but then we got sloppy and we gave the ball away too cheaply and Derby raised their game."[LNB][LNB]

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