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Clough: Beaten By The Better Side

Clough: Beaten By The Better Side

Nigel Clough admitted that Derby were beaten by a better, more experienced side and a side that had clearly played as a unit for longer after our 2-0 defeat against Reading.

"We were beaten by a better side - a good all-round team, an experienced team that has been together a while.

"I thought once they got the first goal, that was it. They looked in command from that point.

"If we could have nicked one, it might have been a different story but Reading are a very, very capable side and caused us problems all evening."

Clough was pleased with the commitment of his players however and thought that we played some good football, if maybe not to the standard he would usually expect. He also reserved some praise for the returning Luke Varney.

"There was a lot of commitment and effort and some decent football at times but we were just not quite up to their standard.

"We were pleased with Luke, he looked sharp and fit.

"Ironically, he had probably the best chance for us at 2-0. He's been putting those in with his eyes closed in training."

Clough was talking to the Evening Telegraph.

This latest defeat leaves us still with slight doubts over our Championship safety, as mathematically we're not safe, but we should be ok, hopefully! Reading manager Steve Coppell felt we would be anyway and feels that there are good times ahead for us next season under Clough.

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Writer:Gazza
Date:Wednesday April 22 2009
Time: 6:15PM

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