Darren Bent describes Derby County's main problem

Aston Villa owned Darren Bent feels loan side Derby County suffered defensively at key times last season.

Darren Bent has told the Derby Telegraph what he feels was the club’s main problem last season.

The Rams missed out on a place in the Championship’s top six, which leaves the team preparing for another season fighting for promotion into the Premier League next year.

Bent, who played on loan from Aston Villa, feels the main problem was consistency and the defence failing to keep a clean sheet in big games.

“We would go into games we should be winning, score four goals away from home and only get a point,” said Bent.

“Any game where you score four goals away from home you should take all three but it didn't pan out that way.”

“As a team, we didn't perform as well as we were at one stage and we let ourselves down. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.”

Derby manager Steve McClaren needs to work hard over a number of areas during the summer to address the concerns that Bent has.

Whether improvements have to be made across the back four or whether it’s a case of coaching, McClaren has to find a way to improve the team’s ability to keep clean sheets.

Any side that can defend effectively over extended periods of time is worth their weight in gold because they make the job of the attack so much easier.

A clean sheet means an attacking player only needs to convert one chance to turn a big game, which could be the difference between Derby staying at their current level or going one better and getting promoted next year.

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