Tom Ince has told the Derby County website that the team were ‘shocked’ to go 3-1 down against Rotherham last night.
“We were shocked to go 3-1 down. The performance wasn’t great and the head coach highlighted that,” said Ince.
“The resilience that we have got as a team and the belief that we have got that we can score goals is outstanding.”
What Steve McClaren won’t be pleased with is the fact that it seemed to take the side falling further behind in the game to spring into life and start playing some effective football.
He also won’t be pleased with the way the side conceded two goals after half-time where he’s likely to have addressed the whole squad with an important team talk.
However, it’s another point towards the cause and puts the Rams level on points with Bournemouth, but confined to second place because of goal difference.
The aim over the rest of the season will still be automatic promotion, which is achievable but the manager won’t want his team to give away so many similar easy starts for their opposition in important games.
Derby can’t keep giving themselves work to do in terms of chasing teams down. They need to find a way of starting games properly, a way to get ahead and a way to protect that advantage.