NIGEL Clough feels Derby County are due a break at home.
The Rams go into tomorrow’s game against Reading looking for their first win at Pride Park in the Championship this season.
A draw with Blackburn Rovers on the opening weekend was followed by defeats at the hands of Leicester City and Burnley.
Clough points to the soft goals conceded against Leicester and Burnley, and the manager says a clean sheet at home would be timely.
“We could have won at home against Blackburn,” said Clough.
“Against Leicester and Burnley, we played some good stuff at times and we certainly deserved to score in those games.
“So it is a case of not having to do too much different, but not giving soft goals away.
“Nobody is giving us soft goals. We are earning every single goal we score.
“Teams will come here and look to make it difficult for us. They all get their scouting reports, they know we are capable of creating chances against anybody.
“We have to try to keep a clean sheet at home because we are always going to create chances, even in the 3-0 defeat by Burnley we had enough chances.
“The key is not to get hit on the break.
“You are at your most vulnerable when you have got the ball and so it is about getting organised and concentrating because it only takes a second to lose the ball and then teams hit you on the break.
“More teams are playing like that, the Premier League is going like that.
“I watched Liverpool at Swansea the other night. They both backed off, waited for a mistake and played on the break.
“West Bromwich Albion did it to us pre-season.”