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Third Derby County goal was key to Nottingham Forest demolition: Steve Nicholson

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

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HEAD coach Steve McClaren says he was always confident the goals would return for Derby County.

The Rams had gone four games without a win and a goal before they beat neighbours Nottingham Forest 5-0 at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

More than six hours had past since Chris Martin’s late winner sank Bournemouth, but Craig Bryson struck after only six minutes against Forest and a flurry of goals followed.

Bryson went on to complete a hat-trick while Jeff Hendrick grabbed his first of the season and Johnny Russell found the net for the first time since early October.

McClaren felt Derby were unlucky not to score in the goalless draws against Bolton and Reading ahead of Forest’s visit.

“We had been playing well, creating chances and not scoring but we knew it would turn for us because we can score goals,” said McClaren.

“We knew if we kept doing the right things and kept playing football, the end product would come.

“We waited six hours for a goal and five came along at once.

“It was one of those days when everything came together.

“We got the rub of the green against Forest. We scored at the right times.

“The first goal was a relief and we got the second at the right time because Forest had a lot of possession in the middle of the first half and had come into the game strongly at that stage.

“The third goal was the real key one for us to give us a good cushion before half-time.

“My team talk at half-time was to control the game second half, control the clock and not to rush things because we didn’t need to,” said McClaren.

“We got that. We needed to match what Forest would bring, but make it a football game.

“We did that, and our football got the goals.

“The quality of the goals was unbelievable and our all-round performance was excellent.”

Forest’s assistant manager David Kelly said: “We’re extremely disappointed for the supporters who came in huge numbers and gave us great backing.

“Derby were clinical in their finishing but we were disappointed in the manner we conceded the goals.

“We went 1-0 down very early but we thought we were still in the game. We were doing reasonably well before being hit by another sucker punch.”

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