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Jewell admits need for wins

10 Aug 2008 - 12:03:47

Derby County boss Paul Jewell has conceded he needs instant results if he is to remain at the helm of the Rams following their losing start to the new Championship season.

Jewell and his new-look side were jeered by the Pride Park crowd after they lost their opening fixture 1-0 to newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The under-pressure boss has not won a game since taking the managerial reins last November.

Last season the Rams were relegated from the Premier League with a lowest ever points total of 11 after suffering a record 29 defeats.

But after handing debuts to seven of is 13 summer signings against Rovers, the result was painfully familiar for Jewell and the long-suffering Derby fans.

"Last season will continue to loom large over us until we win a game. People won't forget it until that happens," he admitted.

"I think it is fair to say we looked like a team with seven new signings.

"With seven debutants you are lucky if everything goes to plan, but that is taking nothing away from Doncaster.

"I am aware that we need to gel pretty quickly. There are games, a lot of games, that we can win this season. Not like last season when the feeling was we were going to be beaten.

"We just need one and I think we will go on a decent run, but talking about it and doing it are two different things.

"You could sense the nervousness around the stadium in the fans. The players looked edgy despite there being seven new ones because everyone is aware of what happened last season.

"The only way we are going to get rid of that is by winning a match.

"I understand there is going to be a reaction but we won't panic because I know we will get better."


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