13:00 Monday 16 December 2013

Derby County joy for Steve McClaren on and off the pitch

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

STEVE McClaren says the response of the Derby County fans and players since he and his coaching staff arrived has pleased him more than the impressive results.

Derby have lost just once in 11 matches since McClaren was appointed head coach at the beginning of October.

Eight wins and two draws has lifted the Rams to within three points of the top two in the Championship.

“We’re on a great run – there’s no getting away from that,” McClaren said after watching Derby beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at The Valley on Saturday to record a sixth consecutive victory.

“I think Derby is a happy place to be at the present moment for everybody. Long may it continue

“I have an affinity with the place – not just the football club but Derby itself.

“The pleasing thing for me has been the response of the players from day one and the response of the public in Derby.

“That’s what pleases me more than the results.

“Seeing the players and the fans responding in the way they have done, that’s why we’re in it.

“The players are doing their jobs – from back to front – and the fans are magnificent in supporting the side.”

Derby were backed by almost 2,000 supporters at Charlton.

“The Rams are going up” sang fans as they left the ground on the final whistle.

“Everyone is looking, there are expectations and it’s great,” McClaren said.

“That’s what we wanted to create when we came through the door – that kind of expectation.

“We also wanted to play good football and get the fans back.

“I think we’ve done that, so that’s what pleases me more than the run we’ve been on and the results that we’ve had.”

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