NIGEL Clough felt the result against Leicester City was harsh on his Derby County team.
Derby slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester in Saturday’s tight East Midlands’ meeting at Pride Park Stadium.
The decisive moment came 10 minutes before half-time when a goal-line clearance struck goalkeeper Lee Grant and the ball bobbled into the net for an unfortunate own goal.
Clough said Derby had enough pressure and good situations, especially in the final half an hour to have deserved something from the Championship clash.
“Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said we deserved something out of the game, and when the opposition manager comes to tell you that in the tunnel, it says a lot,” said Clough after Derby’s first defeat of the new season.
“It’s scant consolation for us at the moment, to be honest, but we’ll probably play worse on occasions this season and win.
“There were lots of nearly moments in the game for us.
“We started well. We were on the front foot and they couldn’t get near us but just around the time of their goal Leicester came back into it.
“They also had one or two moments at the start of the second half, but after that I thought we controlled the last 30 minutes and played some very good stuff.
“Some of the quality of our play was very encouraging and the players gave us everything, which is all we can ask from them.
“Our full backs got forward, crosses went in, we had shots and midfielders made runs.
“Craig Bryson was in their box and then in our box. He couldn’t do any more.
“I thought it was a brilliant midfield performance from him.
“We felt a goal was coming, we always maintained that belief and in the last ten minutes especially we had a few decent chances.
“We have just got to keep playing like that and we will be absolutely fine.”
Clough was unhappy that referee Robert Madley did not spot a foul by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy on Derby defender Jake Buxton in the build up to the Foxes’ winning goal.
Vardy appeared to barge Buxton in the back and force him to concede a corner from which the goal arrived.
“Yes, we thought it was a foul, but we are still entitled to deal with the corner better than we did,” said Clough.
“We feel a bit for Lee Grant, as it goes down as an own goal when he couldn’t do anything about it.
“It was scrappy goal, an untidy goal.
“The sort of goal you cannot concede against teams like Leicester because defensively they are one of the most difficult sides to score against in the division.
“We have to remember we were up against a very good side, a side that will be in the promotion picture.”