Ince on where he felt Derby were 'outstanding' against Rotherham

Derby County midfielder Tom Ince has praised a certain aspect of the team's performance against Rotherham last night.

Tom Ince has told the Derby County website that the team were ‘shocked’ to go 3-1 down against Rotherham last night.

The Rams fought back to draw level at 3-3 and earn themselves a point, but they went into the game against the side just above the bottom three in the Championship as the heavy favourites for a win.

“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.

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