Clough delighted with players
Nigel Clough believes Derby are getting just rewards for their hard work after they moved up to third with a win over Millwall.
Last Updated: 24/09/11 7:36pm
Derby manager Nigel Clough believes his players are getting just rewards for their hard work after they moved up to third in the Championship following a 3-0 win over Millwall.
The Rams followed up their win against rivals Nottingham Forest last weekend with a comfortable victory over the Lions at Pride Park.
Craig Bryson, Jeff Hendrick and Steve Davies got the goals but Clough was quick to praise the whole side for their efforts after the game.
"It was the hard work of the players again. The effort that has gone in has been superb and I think the hard work has given us a platform," he said.
"I think the first goal, when Craig Bryson scored after making a 60-yard run, sums up what the team has been about in the first few weeks of the season.
"We didn't score against Millwall last season so to get two before half-time was very good.
"The two midfielders got goals with well-timed runs into the box and I think the four across the middle gave us the platform to win the game.
"We don't look like losing at the moment and we felt a little bit hard done by with the two defeats we have had."
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett was left to rue his side's failure to convert early chances after a bright start at Pride Park.
The London club have won just once this season and Jacket is demanding improvement at both ends of the pitch if they are to move up the table.
"For 30 or 35 minutes we were the better side and had the better chances but when you're on top you have to put chances away and that's a problem for us," said Jackett.
"We also gave soft goals away. Between the boxes we're fine but in the boxes we have to be ruthless.
Jackett also admits confidence is low and was disappointed the player's heads dropped once they had gone two goals behind.
"We have to get back to being hard to beat and we are quite anxious because of a lack of goals which is filtering through," added the 49-year-old.
"Some of our body language after the second goal wasn't great and those players know they have to address that because you have to believe you can get back into it."