We can frustrate United - Commons

20 January 2009 10:08
Derby County winger Kris Commons says the Rams can frustrate Manchester United on Tuesday and land a place in the Carling Cup final. Derby lead 1-0 after Commons scored in their home leg of the semi-final. The 25-year-old told BBC Radio Derby: "I hope we get an early goal as that would give us the optimism we need - we've got a really good chance now. "If we can stay 0-0 up until half-time then I think we'll be thinking about the hotel room in London." Commons, who signed for Derby in the summer, is hoping to get onto the score sheet at Old Trafford. "If I get in the right areas and get another chance to have a pop, I hope it'll come off the left foot a little bit sweeter than the other one. "Hopefully they'll play the same side and we can give them another good game and reach a major final," he said. And manager Nigel Clough has said his side will pick themselves up from Saturday's league defeat to take the game to Manchester United. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_7839432"); The Rams suffered a 2-0 defeat to QPR in Clough's first game in charge. Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "We'll try and pick them up on Monday morning and get a team out to hopefully try and hang on to the lead." Clough added: "We can't sit back because I think that would be fatal. "We have a goal to protect but when we do get a chance to go forward then we're going to take it." Derby are now two points off above the Championship drop-zone after Saturday's results.

Source: BBC_Sport