CHRIS Martin has assured Derby County fans that the manner of the defeat to Leicester City will not be repeated between now and the end of the season.
The Rams were well beaten by the Championship leaders at the King Power Stadium on Friday night.
Leicester ran out deserved 4-1 winners as Steve McClaren’s men suffered their third successive loss in all competitions.
“We were second best,” said Martin. “Credit to Leicester, they played very well.
“We knew we were up against it but we’ve been very good away from home, so we expected to be a bit better than we were.
“The manager said after the game that we can’t have too many more days like this, if any.
“We’ll be trying our hardest to make sure that’s the case.
“We’ll look at all the aspects of our preparation and the tactics and see if we can put it right.
“I think the most disappointing thing was the manner of the defeat.
“We’ve been defeated before this season but we’ve generally been the better side.
“We’re disappointed for the fans who travelled over that we didn’t put a show on for them.
“We didn’t envisage the game turning out the way it did.
“We just didn’t get the second balls, we were a yard short and they looked a little bit sharper than us.”
Leicester led by a Ritchie De Laet goal at half-time, though could easily have been further ahead.
“At half-time, we said we were still in the game,” said Martin.
“We were lucky it was only 1-0 but we came in, took a breather and then hoped to kick on in the second half.
“But we conceded sloppy goals.
“Obviously, they played some good football – there’s no denying that – but from our points of view, we probably could have stopped them a bit easier than we did.
“That happens sometimes. It’s the first time it’s happened under the new manager – and I don’t think it will happen again.”
Derby pulled a goal back when Jake Buxton’s was deflected in off De Laet but, seconds after the restart, Leicester were awarded a penalty, which Nugent converted.
“We were on the up a little bit when we scored and if we could have held out for 10 or 15 minutes, we might have got something from the game,” said Martin.
“We all know that 2-0 can be a bit of a dicey scoreline - if you get a goal, you’re right back in it.
“We felt that but we weren’t in the ascendancy for long enough and they obviously went up the other end and scored straight away.
“They say you’re most vulnerable when you’ve just scored and that proved to be the case.”
Leicester have now beaten Derby three times in the current campaign.
Martin said: “They’re going very well and we know they’re a good side season.
“They will be there or thereabouts. They’re a few points clear at the moment and I definitely expect them to challenge for that top spot at the end of the season.”