Clement assesses Derby's first two games of the season

Derby County manager Paul Clement says he's learnt a lot from the club's opening competitive fixtures.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has told the club’s official website that he’s learnt a great deal about his side from their first two competitive games this season.

The Rams are yet to register a win under Clement with a draw in their first Championship game against Bolton and defeat in the match against Portsmouth in the League Cup earlier this week.

The results have left the side under pressure as they look to move forward and get back on track for a manager who is already under a little bit of pressure.

“I have learnt a lot in the last two games about the squad. Pre-season games give you so much; they aren’t played at the same intensity as competitive games,” he told

“These are the games where you learn the most and I’ve had two 90 minutes to assess quite a few of the squad.”

“I already have an idea what the team will be for the game against Charlton at the weekend.”

The urge Clement must resist

Clement needs to try and resist the urge to tinker with his team on an almost weekly basis.

That will be tempting because he’s searching for a formula, which produces impressive wins for the team but it reduces the chance that key players in key positions can form productive and positive relationships.

It’s impossible for any defender, midfielder or attacker to get used to playing with someone, if he has no idea if that player is going to retain his position from one week to the next.

Clement needs to find his best team quickly and stick with them.

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