McClaren suggests attacking challenge for Derby: How they can make real statement

Steve McClaren

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has suggested his side need a patient attacking approach against Sheffield Wednesday.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has told the Sheffield Star that he’s expecting Sheffield Wednesday to sit back when the Rams take on the Owls this weekend.

McClaren is not expecting a full on assault from the Sheffield side, which places pressure on his side’s frontline to use more subtle attacking play to try and make the difference.

“There is no expectation on them to score and so they can sit back, be defensive and wait,” said McClaren.

“We say that to the players, and we say that to the fans, as well - be patient, stay in the game, stay with the team.”

Derby are arguably at their best in games where they can build pressure via the score line by counter attacking and taking advantage of space, which is left in behind by the opposition.

The Rams like to get at the opposition, getting stuck in from an attacking point of view and exploiting weaknesses in the opposition defence.

Derby are one of the freest scoring teams in the Championship and the last time they failed to score in any game was in the clash against Middlesbrough last December.

Therefore, it will be a real test for them this weekend if the Owls defend deep and sit back, looking to try and steal a goal which could get them a result at the other end.

A thorough, professional and more patient attacking performance from the side this weekend, along with a clean sheet, will be a great way for the team to demonstrate they can play with different attacking styles, which bodes well for their promotion chances.

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