HEAD coach Steve McClaren says Derby County’s tempo forced errors from Huddersfield Town.
Derby came from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 3-1 at the iPro Stadium and the visitors finished the Championship clash with nine men.
Defenders Joel Lynch and Peter Clarke were sent off in the second half having each been booked twice.
Lynch was dismissed five minutes after the break and Clarke seven minutes later.
“The sendings off were deserved and that contributed to Huddersfield’s downfall,” said McClaren, after watching his team climb back above Queen’s Park Rangers and into third place.
“If you play at a high tempo, and keep playing at that tempo, then the opponent will make mistakes and that is what happened.
“Huddersfield made mistakes because of our pressure and tempo, and got punished for it.”
McClaren was pleased with the reaction to going a goal down after Nahki Wells scored from close range in the 14th minute.
“I thought first half we played well and we were in control of the game but did not penetrate enough,” said McClaren.
“We conceded the goal from nothing, but the reaction was excellent.”
Johnny Russell equalised in the 28th minute with a cool finish from George Thorne’s fine pass.
“For our first goal, that is as good a pass and as good a finish as you will have seen in any game on Saturday,” said McClaren.
“The goal really perked everybody up.”
Lynch was red carded two minutes before half time. The defender had already been booked for time-wasting at a throw-in when he clattered into Patrick Bamford.
“Patrick got another foul from Lynch, so he had to go,” said McClaren.
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins said: “You can question Joel’s first booking, but the second was laziness on the touchline – you have to defend it properly and we didn’t do that. Now we will miss Joel for two games, as he’s had a suspension before.”
Derby went ahead after 50 minutes when Huddersfield goalkeeper somehow managed to turn Craig Forsyth’s cross into his own net.
Asked if Forsyth has claimed the goal, McClaren replied: “I hope not!
“As good as our first goal was, the second one was a bit of a farce, but we’ll take it.”
Derby’s third goal arrived when Chris Martin converted a penalty after Clarke had brought down Will Hughes. Clarke was shown his second yellow of the game.