Clough praises Rams efforts

21 January 2009 10:10
Boss Nigel Clough was upbeat after seeing his Derby County side narrowly miss out on clinching a place in the Carling Cup final. The Rams were beaten 4-2 in the second leg of their semi-final at Manchester United, meaning that they were edged out 4-3 on aggregate by the reigning Premier League champions. Clough told the club's official website: "Even in the first half, although they scored three goals, we were quite encouraged by some of our play. "It was a big improvement on Saturday and we were looking for that. "The most pleasing thing was to come back out at 3-0 down and do that in the second half. "To be beaten 4-3 on aggregate by Manchester United is not a mauling, we have lost by the odd goal and if we had got a break you never know. "We can take a lot of positives and we just sensed that little something in the dressing room, more togetherness and determination, which we are going to need in the next three months."

Source: ESA