Jones hails clinical Chopra
Dave Jones hailed Michael Chopra after his four-goal salvo, while Nigel Clough lamented Derby's defending.
Last Updated: 30/09/09 9:50am
Cardiff boss Dave Jones hailed Michael Chopra after his four-goal salvo, while Nigel Clough lamented Derby's defending.
Chopra was the star of the show as his four goals inspired Cardiff to a thumping 6-1 success over the Rams.
Peter Whittingham and Chris Burke also found the net for Cardiff with Rob Hulse briefly giving Derby hope with a goal to make it 2-1 before their collapse.
Jones planned to savour the result after a poor run of form and he paid special tribute to Chopra and Stephen McPhail for being instrumental in the performance.
"Chopra's movement and finishing was top class and he showed us all what a good player he is," beamed Jones.
"We had a lot of the ball and used it well but results like that don't come very often and we have to enjoy it while we can.
"Stephen McPhail came back into the side today and was instrumental in at least three of the goals.
Superb"When the team play like this they are superb but sometimes they switch off and perhaps that is why they are in this division.
"They are all good players and just because of one or two poor results it doesn't mean that they should be sent out of the club and new players brought in.
"We have to carry on working hard in training and it will be back to the grind tomorrow because we have an important match on Saturday and one of our problems this season has been our inconsistency.
"If we can beat that then there is no reason why we cannot be a force in this division and we want to get out of it as quickly as possible."
DisappointedClough bemoaned his side's injury list after seeing Cardiff overpower them.
"I am very disappointed at the way we let the goals in particularly after getting back into the game straight after half-time," said Clough.
"Cardiff were due a big win and Chopra some goals but it was a pity it had to come against us.
"We had some reasonable possession and should have done better but we are decimated by injuries and only had six players on the bench."