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Derby County 'deserved to win' Bolton Wanderers clash: Steve McClaren

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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HEAD coach Steve McClaren praised Derby County's spirit following last night's goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers.

McClaren pushed to one side the frustration of taking only a point from a game the Rams dominated for long spells.

"We deserved to win that game, it was incredible. We dominated from start to finish and I cannot fault the players' performance and their attitude," he said.

"I said to the players before the game, 'we have had two defeats, so make sure you don’t get beat'.

"The players did everything but put the ball in the net."

Third-placed Derby are without a win and a goal in three matches in the Championship promotion race.

"You have dips like this, but the end product and goals will come," added McClaren.

"Against teams that are just coming to defend, which they are doing now, there is not going to be many chances. So you have to take them, but we have players capable of doing that and we will get opportunities in other games.

"It’s just not dropping for us at the present moment and you go through spells like this. I am not too concerned."

The draw comes after back-to-back defeats by Millwall and Burnley.

McClaren was pleased with the reaction.

"We showed determination from the start of the game," he said.

"We knocked Bolton off their stride, they didn’t have many attacks.

"Only one team wanted to win. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite happen for us."

Will Hughes missed the game through injury but McClaren said the midfielder should be fit for Saturday's game at Reading.

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