Paul Clement on Derby County team-talk during MK Dons match

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Derby County were able to beat Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 at the weekend.

Paul Clement has revealed to the Derby Telegraph that he demanded a big improvement from his Derby County side at half-time during their contest with Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. 

Derby were well short of their best against MK Dons, and their display in the first 45 minutes at stadium:mk infuriated their manager. 

Clement's side came into the break at 0-0, but his team-talk inspired them to claim a 3-1 victory, after they showed much more cutting edge in the second half. 

"A number of players were not up to speed in the first half and I would have been disappointed if we didn't up our levels in the second half," he said to the Derby Telegraph

"I asked for more from a lot of them and although I still don't think we were great in the second half, the attitudes were better, as was the energy.

"It was a much more positive performance." 

Derby are still finding their feet under Clement, and their performance against MK Dons was not particularly impressive - despite their victory.

The Rams have huge expectation on them this term, after a summer where they brought in a lot of quality, and their performances will have to improve if they are to climb into the promotion spots. 

Derby were second best for large periods of the match against MK, but their quality shone through with goals from Bradley Johnson, Tom Ince and Darren Bent providing them with the three points.

The win has lifted Derby into eighth place in the Championship table, and they have still only lost once in the league to date. 

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