Clement explains why his Derby County squad are downhearted

Derby County manager Paul Clement says his players are disappointed after a difficult start to the new season.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has told the club’s official website why he feels his players are a little downhearted at the moment.

Clement was positive following Derby’s draw against Middlesbrough earlier this week, but has suggested that there is a real desire within his squad to start winning games of football on a frequent basis over the coming weeks.

“I’m pleased for the players, they deserved at least a draw, but they are disappointed because they want to win games,” he told

“If we keep playing like we are we’ll get the results we deserve - The crowd got behind the lads and I sensed some apprehension from them too because they, like myself and the lads, want that first win.”

The importance of that first win

It’s important that Derby register a first competitive win under Clement as quickly as possible because it can be beneficial for a number of reasons.

For the manager, a win will show him that his methods are working and that the players have taken to the tactics that he wants them to use in big games.

For the players, it will give them the confidence that what they are being told by the manager is accurate and that they are capable of getting on a winning run and building some momentum.

For the fans it’s important because they need something to cheer and boast about, especially considering the impressive nature of the signings the club made earlier this summer.

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