"It's the best we have seen Paul play," Clough told the Derby Evening Telegraph. "At centre-half, you don't think about too much, you don't get the time, it is just more instinctive stuff.
"He headed more balls than any member of the back four. By his own admission, he would say heading is not his strong point but he did it on Saturday and against two big lads up front in Heidar Helguson and Danny Graham.
"In the context of that, he did very well. He kicked it when he had to, tackled everything and apart from his daft booking, he and Jay McEveley were pretty much faultless."