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Derby County boss Steve McClaren calls for more of a cutting edge up front

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014


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STEVE McClaren has called for Derby County to show more quality in the final third but the head coach is confident the goals will come following their goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The Rams coach said: “We know we have to be better in the front areas – but that will come.”

The Rams needed a late winner to sink Rotherham on the opening day of the season and they had chances to score more than two against League Two opponents Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup.

Substitute Johnny Russell had two good chances against Wednesday in the second half only to be denied by Keiren Westwood.

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“They were two excellent chances. You need to take them,” said McClaren.

“We had chances against Rotherham and at Carlisle to score more goals.

“We know we have players who can score and we have got to start doing that.”

McClaren had expected a tough test from Wednesday.

“They are far better than last season and I don’t think many teams will go to Hillsborough and collect points,” he said. “We toughed it out and defended well but we know we need to get better.”

Derby recorded a third consecutive clean sheet, having shut out Rotherham and Carlisle.

“We didn’t play enough football against Wednesday but I’ll tell you something, we dug in and we defended magnificently,” said McClaren.

“Clean sheets are absolutely vital.

“It is about results and points at this time, and we are delighted with a point.”

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