Jewell frustrated at defeat
Paul Jewell says Derby's 3-1 defeat to Blackburn is the 'same old story' in their disappointing season.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 03/05/08 9:37pm
Paul Jewell says Derby's 3-1 defeat to Blackburn is the 'same old story' in their disappointing Premier League season.
Derby went ahead after 19 minutes when Kenny Miller beat the offside trap to fire the Rams ahead. But goals from Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts handed Blackburn the win.
The result leaves Derby as officially the worst side in Premier League history with 28 defeats.
Jewell is disappointed that his side gave away their lead but concedes Blackburn were the worthy victors.
"It's the same old story," said Jewell. "Today we played well first half and fully deserved our lead.
"That's what happens when you're down on the floor, things go against you.
"We conceded one quickly after half time and then you're in that mindset - 'here we go again.' Although we did have a few half chances we couldn't pull it back.
"Obviously in the Premier League we haven't scored many goals and conceded loads. We haven't got that strength of character to fight back. It's a recipe for disaster.
"Today for the first half we played well and we could have made one or two more chances maybe. That goal before half time was a kick in the teeth for us.
"In fairness Blackburn are a good side and they've got some good players. It's annoying when you see players showboating and you can't get the ball off them."
Despite the defeat Jewell is determined to bounce back to the top flight and believes the fans have played a huge part in team moral.
"Our supporters have been sensational and we desperately want to give them something to be proud of next season," he added.
"This season has been a complete disaster so we want to give them something to be proud of.
"Derby County is a Premier League football club, it just needs a better team. And we're all working hard to put that right.
"We want to try and get back here the year after next."