Capital One Cup: Derby boss Nigel Clough targets cup run
Derby manager Nigel Clough is keen for his side's 1-0 victory over Oldham to mark the start of a Capital One Cup run.
Last Updated: 07/08/13 12:12am
Michael Jacobs scored what proved to be the winner after 20 minutes and despite their opponents going close through Adam Rooney and Jonson Clarke-Harris, County held out for the win, their first in the League Cup since they advanced to the semi-finals in 2009.
"This has been a long time coming and it would be nice if it was the start of a cup run," said Clough.
"The League Cup tends to be a competition for the underdogs and you come to places like this knowing they will make it very difficult for you.
"We were up against a good side in Oldham, who are a credit to their manager (Lee Johnson).
"We've come out with a victory and a place in the next round, so I'm perfectly happy with that.
"I wasn't happy with our first-half performance, but we controlled it after half-time and could have scored more than one - we should have at least one penalty, maybe three.
"The goal we did score was brilliant. There was a great ball from John Eustace and Conor Sammon rolled it across for Michael Jacobs, so it was a great team goal.
"The clean sheet was pleasing as well. Our centre-backs and 'keeper deserved a clean sheet against Blackburn on Sunday but they got that reward tonight."
Johnson felt his side performed well but admitted their naivety showed through at times.
"It was a decent game and both sides had their chances, but I'm disappointed with our second half," he said.
"We were all about the first-half performance and I found out tonight that we don't have a Championship mentality.
"At times our football can be at that level, but we have a lot of young players and you can't coach experience."