Derby County manager comments on the 'unplayable' Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe

Steve McClaren praised highly-rated Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe after he scored his second goal for the East Midlands outfit.

Derby rode their luck at times against Reading at the weekend and the 3-0 scoreline didn't really tell the whole story.

Both sides had good chances on goal but the quality and composure shown in the final third by the promotion favourites made the difference and helped them to the win that put them in the automatic promotion spots.

Ibe, who made his fourth league start for the Rams, was frustrating for large parts of the game but showed his quality in the final third by dazzling the Reading defence before curling the ball into the far corner. 

After the match, Steve McClaren used his post-match interview to comment on the 'unplayable' Jordon Ibe, despite the youngster not being at his best.

''That's what he is capable of doing,' McClaren told dcfc.co.uk. ''He did it well.

''He's one of them that at times can be unplayable. He's only 18, imagine when he grows and matures. 

''He's doing his work defensively as well; his attitude is good.

''He wanted to come off, but we kept him on. We've got to toughen him up. [He has] great ability''

The injury to Jamie Ward in the first-half certainly put the pressure on Ibe to complete his first 90 minutes for the Rams, which he did.

Although the Liverpool youngster did look static in the final 20 minutes of the game, Steve McClaren certainly believes it was a tactic that will benefit Derby and Ibe in the long-term. 

The rigours of the Championship cannot be under-estimated and, with Jamie Ward out, the 18-year-old will be expected to contribute again on Tuesday night.

Jamie Ward's injury, which could rule him out for up to six weeks, means the Liverpool youngster is likely to be asked to put in a few more 90 minute shifts in the coming weeks, at least until the Northern Ireland international returns. 

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