Derby County secured a solid and impressive 2-0 win in the League Cup last night against Reading.
One of the standout performers for Derby last night was on loan Liverpool star Jordon Ibe.
Ibe caused chaos for the Reading defence and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be extremely pleased with the progress that Ibe has so far shown during his spell with the Championship giants.
What he would have been looking for from the young Liverpool star is a big impact in big games and that appears to be exactly what he’s producing.
Ibe doesn’t shy away from difficult confrontations and the prospect of a difficult match against an experience full-back or whoever has been assigned to try and keep him quiet.
Overall, McClaren was extremely pleased with what he saw from his team.
“We got the clean sheet and if we keep doing that we will win games. We have got players who are dangerous, can create and can score goals. We had to stay patient, but in the end it paid off,” he said after the game.
“We haven't quite reached the heights of last season yet, when some of our football was absolutely fantastic to watch.”
Derby are currently ninth in the Championship table and if they can keep the momentum going across multiple fronts then the side has a chance of being successful in more than one area by the summer of next year.
Ibe will simply be hoping to maintain his form and use this spell to return to Liverpool as a more effective player. Here’s what Derby fans made of Ibe’s performance on Twitter.
Great performance tonight, ibe was class and the defence looked solid #dcfc— joe hill (@JoedcfcHill) September 23, 2014
Jordon Ibe absolutely destroyed Gunter tonight with his tricks and pace. He is my MOTM. Great team performance and a comfortable win #dcfc— Jack Wheatley (@dcfc4lif3) September 23, 2014
A good performance. Squad depth is impressive. Jordon Ibe excellent and clinical second half. On to Bolton #dcfcfans— Ed Dawes (@Ed_DawesBeeb) September 23, 2014
Jordon Ibe is basically Jesus— Joshuwar (@JHAC96) September 23, 2014
@derbyrambler a steady performance but Ibe made ticket price very worth it!— Juciey luc7 (@luc7_dcfc) September 23, 2014
Another top performance from the Rams tonight. Good to see our domination reflected in a win. Ibe, Mascarell different class— Ryan Weston (@Ryweston87) September 23, 2014