Paul Clement gives insight into the meeting that turned Derby County's season around

Derby County West Stand

Derby County are currently two points away from the top of the Championship.

Paul Clement has told the Guardian that Derby County had a meeting to turn their season around after their defeat to Leeds United back in August.

Derby were beaten 2-1 by Leeds at the iPro Stadium in the early part of the season, after making a slow start under Clement’s stewardship.

However, after the defeat Clement held a frank discussion with the players to discuss where they thought things were going wrong.

After deciding as a team that they were already on the right track Derby’s form has been transformed, and they have now lost just one of their last 16 Championship matches.

Clement said: "I was disappointed after we lost in the last minute to Leeds before the [September] international break after four draws.

"So I had a really serious sit-down with the players after that, going through it all, and we decided we were on the right path; that it was only a matter of tweaking little things; that the principles were sound. Since then, we’ve not looked back.

"We’ve had to be patient because we’ve had teams like Middlesbrough and Burnley come to our place and try to stop us playing. But the players are buying into what we want, and they are responding.”

Derby's sustained run of good form has seen them move up to third place in the Championship table, as they establish their position as one of the favourites for promotion.

The Rams spent big money in the summer transfer window and the quality they have in their squad has shone through over recent matches.

Derby are now just two points away from top of the table Middlesbrough, with their next fixture coming against fellow promotion chasers Ipswich Town.

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