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Starting with Bryson and Ward for Derby against Burnley too big a gamble: Steve McClaren

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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DERBY County head coach Steve McClaren felt it would have been too much of a risk to start Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward against Burnley.

Both missed the victory over Bournemouth, Bryson with a thigh injury and Ward a hamstring problem.

They were named among the substitutes at Turf Moor on Saturday.

McClaren stuck with Jeff Hendrick in central midfield and decided to start Simon Dawkins on the left ahead of Ward.

“Jamie Ward has missed a lot and Craig Bryson only trained for a day before the Burnley game, and so it (starting them) would have been a bit of a risk,” said McClaren.

“I thought Jeff Hendrick did very well in the previous game against Bournemouth, so we decided to keep the same team that finished the Bournemouth game, as both Simon Dawkins and Johnny Russell had done well in the wide roles.”

Bryson replaced John Eustace after 72 minutes with the Rams trailing 2-0.

Ward was an unused substitute.

McClaren was pleased with the impact made by all three substitutes.

Conor Sammon came on for Johnny Russell at half time and Patrick Bamford was introduced after an hour.

“I thought they all did well,” said McClaren.

“If that chance of Conor’s had gone in, it would have been very interesting, and Patrick will always be a threat.”

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