ANDY BUCKLEY-TAYLOR’S DERBY COUNTY BLOG: ‘Clough got tactics all wrong’

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Three games into the new Football League season and Derby have won, drawn and lost.

In my opinion, Saturday was a case of badly getting the tactics wrong. Most of the Derby attack was coming from down the middle with very little width at all.

Nigel Clough is still playing three central midfielders - four if you take into account it’s Paul Coutts natural position - and no wide man. I don’t think it helped to create chances against a team like Leicester.

For me, you have to have that threat down the flanks and also keep the ball on the floor as much as possible. High crosses into the box will be eaten up by the likes of Wes Morgan all day. When Coutts did get the ball down the right wing, Schlupp dealt with him with ease.

Leicester defended very well. They won’t concede too many goals this season, but they were far from being the best attacking side that we are likely to encounter. In fact, despite having the likes of David Nugent and Chris Wood starting up front, they offered very little. It is then disappointing to concede such a soft goal.

Calamitous defending saw the ball come in from a corner and heading towards the goal line. Coutts attempted to clear, he struck it and it hit Grant to rebound in. The defence has got to be sorted out. All top sides build from the back.

Grant looks the part in goal. Keiron Freeman has impressed me at right back. Richard Keogh is normally a safe pair of hands in the middle. We do need another centre half and Craig Forsyth has still to convince me that he is the man for the left back position.

Chris Martin had a very poor game. In contrast to last week where he looked the part against Brighton, he spent most of Saturday afternoon falling over, looking for free kicks and a penalty. Johnny Russell looked very sharp, but needed better service if he is to hit the back of the net.

Michael Jacobs is the only natural winger in the squad, so I do suggest that another wide man is on the shopping list. However, what future comings and goings there are, are down to Nigel Clough and the owners.