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Steve McClaren confident that Derby County can end their goal drought

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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STEVE McClaren is confident his Derby County side can end a run that has seen them go four-and-a-half hours without scoring and six hours without finding the net from open play.

The goals have dried up with seven weeks of the Championship campaign left, and they have failed to score in the last three matches.

“There’s no doubt we have the players to score goals and things will turn for us sooner rather than later,” said McClaren, who watched his side held to a goalless draw by Bolton Wanderers at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday.

“The players just need to keep believing they will score.

“We took risks to win the Bolton game and the players showed belief, and got in the right areas.

“We have had good fortune in the past when we won games maybe we shouldn’t have, and right now we’re not winning the matches that we feel we should be.

“It will turn around, I have no doubt, especially with the group of players that we have.

“We created enough chances to win the game (against Bolton), but things just aren’t falling for us at the moment.”

NIGEL Clough returned to Moor Farm – Derby County’s training ground – yesterday as the Rams’ Under-21 side stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.

Kwame Thomas and Michael Hoganson scored in the Professional Development League Division Two North fixture at the Rams’ training ground.

Derby’s line-up also included Mark O’Brien, James Bailey, Mason Bennet and Kelle Roos.

Blades manager Clough watched the game along with fellow ex-Rams coaches Gary Crosby and Martin Taylor.

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