06:00 Thursday 12 December 2013

Steve McClaren says Derby County's style of football will bring back crowds to iPro Stadium

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren Derby County head coach Steve McClaren

STEVE McClaren believes that Derby County are producing the kind of football that will attract supporters back to the club.

Five consecutive victories and goals galore – 14 in those five matches – have propelled the Rams to fourth in the Championship.

They have lost just one of 10 games since McClaren was appointed head coach and there is a buzz around the club.

“That was our goal when we came in, we want the fans to come back here,” said the former England and Middlesbrough boss.

“We want them to fill the stadium and we have to produce the kind of football that attracts them.

“The players have done that.”

Derby’s average attendance is 23,910, the third best in the Championship behind Brighton & Hove Albion (26,767) and Leeds United (25,511), although they have already entertained Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City who, along with Nottingham Forest, bring the largest away followings.

Derby’s average home gate last season was 23,228, and attendances are likely to rise should the Rams maintain their impressive results.

“The fans have been magnificent and I think they appreciate how we are trying to play,” McClaren said.

“We are trying to play football.

“That is the way forward for this group – play football.

“For me, the most important thing is the Derby public.

“They’ve got to keep coming back and fill this stadium.

“That was our goal at the beginning and we are starting to build up momentum to achieve that, but we also have to keep our feet on the ground in the dressing room because there is a long way to go.”

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