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Derby County boss Steve McClaren has some tough choices to make

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014


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DERBY County head coach Steve McClaren admits he has some tricky decisions to make when picking a team to tackle Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Rams thrashed Fulham 5-1 in their last Championship outing before McClaren made six changes for the 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie.

New loan signing Ryan Shotton impressed on his debut at right-back as did Zak Whitbread in only his second start of the season at centre-back.

McClaren says Shotton can fit in anywhere across the back four or as a controlling midfielder.

"Ryan is a great addition to the squad," said McClaren.

Spaniard Omar Mascarell made his first start in the holding role in midfield on Tuesday night and Will Hughes staked his claim to face Ipswich having lost his midfield place at the weekend.

McClaren says the performance of individuals against Charlton has given him food for thought and he was impressed with the way the squad coped with the changes.

"That was the key thing because you make changes and sometimes it looks a bit disjointed and you don't get the performance," said McClaren.

"That is what worried me making that many changes against Charlton, but then you see the quality of the players who were coming in.

"I thought Ryan Shotton never put a foot wrong, and Zak Whitbread was magnificent in the way he stepped in.

"Omar Mascarell settled us down in midfield and made sure Charlton did not get any chances and you can see Leon Best being a nuisance for defenders.

"We have got a good squad."

Derby play their seventh game in 22 days when they meet Ipswich at the iPro Stadium.

They will have another seven fixtures in 22 days after the September international break.

"We have got lots of games coming up and we will need the squad," said McClaren.

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