Clough out to ease keeper troubles

11 March 2010 07:35
Clough was forced to put captain Robbie Savage in goal for 50 minutes after seeing first-choice Stephen Bywater limp off injured and replacement Saul Deeney sent off.[LNB]But Clough is confident of having a goalkeeper in on loan for Saturday's trip to Doncaster after setting his staff on the task at half-time.[LNB]"We have already made some calls and we will have a loan keeper in for the weekend," he said.[LNB]"I've never lost two keepers in a night before. Stephen has been playing with a back injury and it seized up so he had to come off.[LNB]"Saul was doing well until he got sent off. I had no complaints with the penalty decision but it would have been a hell of a finish to score from where the ball had rolled to.[LNB]"I thought we'd eradicated that rule that it was a straight red card.[LNB]"But Robbie wasn't getting a kick in midfield so we thought he was the best candidate.[LNB]"Robbie's had an hour breather now as well. When you go down to 10 men and are 3-1 down you are already planning for the next game and we've only got two and a half days to prepare now."[LNB]The Rams are just five points above the relegation zone after goals from Shane Long, Jimmy Kebe, Ryan Bertrand and Simon Church rendered Gilles Sunu's strike meaningless.[LNB]Clough has targeted four more wins for Derby to preserve their Championship status and is confident that both sides will be playing each other next season.[LNB]He said: "We have been looking over our shoulder all season and that won't change. We need four more wins to be certain of staying up and that is our aim.[LNB]"Reading are far too good to go down."[LNB]Reading boss Brian McDermott has seen his resurgent side win six of their last seven league games and in Kebe and Long have the in-form duo in the Championship.[LNB]Kebe has hit six goals in seven games while Long boasts a record of seven in his last six appearances - but did miss a penalty after Deeney had hauled down Jay Tabb.[LNB]McDermott said: "We'd had a tough game against Aston Villa on Sunday but we came out all guns blazing and at times we were excellent.[LNB]"It's difficult to play against 10 men and we had a sticky spell but once we got the third it was comfortable.[LNB]"There were no special instructions to shoot at Savage, I just wanted us to keep our shape and the chances would come.[LNB]"We are edging towards safety now. We've taken 18 points from 21 and we are not far away from midtable.[LNB]"We are dragging teams toward us and we have players now who are looking the part."[LNB][LNB]

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