NIGEL Clough wants his Derby County players to prove the three-goal defeat by Burnley in their last game was a one-off.
Derby went into the Championship clash at Pride Park Stadium with seven points from 12 and an opportunity to climb into the top six, only to be stopped in their tracks.
They have had to stew over the result during the two-week international break and return to action tomorrow with an away game against Millwall at the New Den, kick-off 3pm.
Clough believes Burnley was a one-off.
“It was a bad result and we conceded bad goals defensively, but in terms of an overall performance it was not bad,” he said.
“We had more than 500 passes, we had 18 shots, and we worked hard.
“Defensive lapses cost us. Any team in the world would struggle to win if they give goals away.”
Clough went to watch Preston play Oldham Athletic in a League One fixture at Deepdale on Monday.
“Oldham were magnificent. They absolutely battered Preston for 90 minutes and lost 2-1,” said Clough
“So is that a bad performance?
“Preston’s first goal was a deflection and then an Oldham player gave away a daft penalty for the second goal.
“So, it is not a bad performance by Oldham, it is bad result.
“Looking back at the Burnley game, I think 3-0 flattered them.”
Derby’s full squad trained together today for the first time since the Burnley game.
Players including strikers Jamie Ward and Conor Sammon, and midfielders Craig Bryson and Will Hughes have been away on international duty.