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Derby County deserved to leave Blackburn with a point: Steve McClaren

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

POINT WELL MADE . . . derby County head coach Steve McClaren

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HEAD coach Steve McClaren said it would have been an injustice had Derby County left Ewood Park empty-handed.

Patrick Bamford struck six minutes from the end of normal time to give the Rams a 1-1 draw in the Championship clash after Rudy Gestede had headed Blackburn Rovers in front early in the second half.

Derby’s response to falling behind delighted McClaren, who felt his team could have won.

“The equaliser was well deserved – we’re a little disappointed not to have won,” he said.

“It was scrappy in the first half and there was nothing in the game, with half chances at both ends.

“Then, after conceding a goal the response of the team was great.

“We got the ball down and played, and we were positive with our substitutions again.”

Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, came on to score for the second week running.

McClaren believes Derby can wear teams down if they keep playing their football.

“We can score goals and we are up there at the top of the goalscoring table,” he said. “You can see our football and approach play to create chances is good, we are just missing that final touch at present.

“That will come back. What has got to continue is the commitment the team is showing and we’ve got to keep playing football.

“If we do that, you wear teams down.

“What pleased me was that although we put Conor Sammon on, we didn’t go direct. We kept playing. We kept getting the ball wide and putting quality balls into the box.

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“I felt it was only a matter of time and it would have been an injustice if we hadn’t scored at least one, which we did.”

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer said: “I think when you go 1-0 ahead you hope you can see it through, but you have to remember the level of opposition we are playing,” he said.

“Derby have been on a fantastic run.

“We rode our luck a little bit in the second half with one or two opportunities, but when they do equalise it is a fantastic strike from the kid. You have to take your hat off.

“The players are a little bit disappointed but we’ve said to them it is about picking up points. If we can’t get three then we have to make sure that we get one.”

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