Clough: Experience was key to Albion victory

Nigel Clough at The Amex yesterday

Nigel Clough at The Amex yesterday

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Derby boss Nigel Clough reckons experience was the key to Albion’s latest win at The Amex.

But he felt both the Seagulls’ goals in their 2-1 success could have been disallowed.

Clough pointed the finger at two young defenders after Ashley Barnes and Andrea Orlandi scored to put Albion in charge.

He said: “The young centre-half Mark O’Brien was caught out of position. No excuse even at his tender age.

“We thought he (Barnes) might have even been offside in the six-yard box when he tapped it in.

“We certainly did get any decisions in the first 30 minutes of the game.

“We think there was a foul leading up to the second goal with Richard Keogh being kicked in the head on the far side.

“The referee said he might have missed that one!

“Then Kieron Freeman gets done (by Orlandi) for the header.

“It’s two 20-year-olds. That inexperience showed up at times. We didn’t have the nous and the experience that Brighton had in their side and I thought that was the difference.”

Clough admitted Derby’s final ball was not good enough as they struggled to trouble home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, despite having a lot of possession.

With reference to the absent Craig Mackail-Smith, The Rams chief added: “At times we have controlled games but we don’t have a £2.5 million striker sitting in the treatment room like Brighton do who gets you that fdd goal now and then.

“That bit of quality makes a difference and we don’t quite have those resources at the moment.

“Our youthfulness at times will be our undoing as it was today.

“Three 20-year-olds, a 19-year-old and one just 21 coming on. I didn’t see any teenagers in Brighton’s side today, did you?

“I saw some experienced professionals who their jobs and know the game.”

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2:16pm Sun 13 Jan 13

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)
He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-) PressBoxTeaBoy
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2:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

tug509 says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)
Clough senior was imho the best manager our great game has ever seen. Although i personally believe that his mate Peter Taylor did us very proud and is right up there with the very best. But your spot on PBTB a little bitter. UTA
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)[/p][/quote]Clough senior was imho the best manager our great game has ever seen. Although i personally believe that his mate Peter Taylor did us very proud and is right up there with the very best. But your spot on PBTB a little bitter. UTA tug509
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3:10pm Sun 13 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)
You are right, there does seem to be a touch of bitterness. It's as though he is blaming US for the shortage of experience he can call on within HIS squad.

Newcastle, and now Derby, both sent out young players and both got a lesson, their problem not ours.
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)[/p][/quote]You are right, there does seem to be a touch of bitterness. It's as though he is blaming US for the shortage of experience he can call on within HIS squad. Newcastle, and now Derby, both sent out young players and both got a lesson, their problem not ours. VegasSeagull
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3:27pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Neville says...

I was sitting very close to Clough in the technical area and for the whole match he berated the fourth official and queried evry decision,except those that went against his team. The referee had a generally poor game I thought and was a litte biased towards Derby. Brighton should have sewn this game up early into the second half and Orlandi should have buried his chance but he does tend to try and flick eveything in rather than hammer it,not the first time this has happened.In all the time Clough has been interviewed he is always negative about the opposition and rarely praises anyone apat from his own players,he needs to loosen up a bit.
I was sitting very close to Clough in the technical area and for the whole match he berated the fourth official and queried evry decision,except those that went against his team. The referee had a generally poor game I thought and was a litte biased towards Derby. Brighton should have sewn this game up early into the second half and Orlandi should have buried his chance but he does tend to try and flick eveything in rather than hammer it,not the first time this has happened.In all the time Clough has been interviewed he is always negative about the opposition and rarely praises anyone apat from his own players,he needs to loosen up a bit. Neville
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3:31pm Sun 13 Jan 13

championshipgull says...

I did see Clough on the TV last night saying Derby deserved something from the game and thought at the time he must be joking. The ref spoiled the game for me, didn’t let it flow and gave us nothing after our second goal, saving them from getting a thrashing but nothing can spoil the joy of the 3 points. As for not having any teenagers in the side it just goes to show Gus was correct in his selection again.
I did see Clough on the TV last night saying Derby deserved something from the game and thought at the time he must be joking. The ref spoiled the game for me, didn’t let it flow and gave us nothing after our second goal, saving them from getting a thrashing but nothing can spoil the joy of the 3 points. As for not having any teenagers in the side it just goes to show Gus was correct in his selection again. championshipgull
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3:31pm Sun 13 Jan 13

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)
You are right, there does seem to be a touch of bitterness. It's as though he is blaming US for the shortage of experience he can call on within HIS squad.

Newcastle, and now Derby, both sent out young players and both got a lesson, their problem not ours.
Hello Vegas hope your fine mate,a little fluey so avoiding too many posts,ahh bless. I think you summed up Clough junior perfectly. UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: He mIght be right but he sounds a little bitter? Getting like his dad :-)[/p][/quote]You are right, there does seem to be a touch of bitterness. It's as though he is blaming US for the shortage of experience he can call on within HIS squad. Newcastle, and now Derby, both sent out young players and both got a lesson, their problem not ours.[/p][/quote]Hello Vegas hope your fine mate,a little fluey so avoiding too many posts,ahh bless. I think you summed up Clough junior perfectly. UTA tug509
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3:46pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Falmer Wizard says...

I dont think Derby had a shot on goal in the first half, after the interval i was hoping Lua Lua would be quickly introduced instead our cautious manager brought on two midfielders which resulted in our opponents getting much more possession in our half and Lua Lua when he did get on spent a lot of time defending
I dont think Derby had a shot on goal in the first half, after the interval i was hoping Lua Lua would be quickly introduced instead our cautious manager brought on two midfielders which resulted in our opponents getting much more possession in our half and Lua Lua when he did get on spent a lot of time defending Falmer Wizard
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3:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

russellsnr2 says...

"We WON" The End!!
Off topic, anyone else disappointed at the amount of highlights shown on Seagulls website? Just 4 minutes out of 95, nearly as bad as the BBC!!
"We WON" The End!! Off topic, anyone else disappointed at the amount of highlights shown on Seagulls website? Just 4 minutes out of 95, nearly as bad as the BBC!! russellsnr2
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3:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

Tug sorry to hear that you are not 100%, hope you feel better soon and the three points must have helped in that regard.
Tug sorry to hear that you are not 100%, hope you feel better soon and the three points must have helped in that regard. VegasSeagull
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3:53pm Sun 13 Jan 13

The Phantom says...

Ref was poor throughout, missing fouls in the first half and then killing the game in the second half penalising invariably fair tackles. Very rare after a home win to hear the referee booed off by the home fans. Dont really think Clough has much to moan about - his kids played some decent stuff but were naive at the back and the right team won. Ironically he may have in Will Hughes potentially the most expensive playing asset on the pitch. Aside from the likes of Trevor Francis and Peter Shilton, I dont remember his dad's team that twice won the European Cup being overladen with big money buys, just experience players like Larry Lloyd, Ian Bowyer and John McGovern. Strange interview really - should be delighted that he has lots of promising youngsters but seems more intent in using them as an excuse for losing.
Ref was poor throughout, missing fouls in the first half and then killing the game in the second half penalising invariably fair tackles. Very rare after a home win to hear the referee booed off by the home fans. Dont really think Clough has much to moan about - his kids played some decent stuff but were naive at the back and the right team won. Ironically he may have in Will Hughes potentially the most expensive playing asset on the pitch. Aside from the likes of Trevor Francis and Peter Shilton, I dont remember his dad's team that twice won the European Cup being overladen with big money buys, just experience players like Larry Lloyd, Ian Bowyer and John McGovern. Strange interview really - should be delighted that he has lots of promising youngsters but seems more intent in using them as an excuse for losing. The Phantom
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3:54pm Sun 13 Jan 13

pablobrowno says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
"We WON" The End!!
Off topic, anyone else disappointed at the amount of highlights shown on Seagulls website? Just 4 minutes out of 95, nearly as bad as the BBC!!
They should add the extended ones too shortly.
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: "We WON" The End!! Off topic, anyone else disappointed at the amount of highlights shown on Seagulls website? Just 4 minutes out of 95, nearly as bad as the BBC!![/p][/quote]They should add the extended ones too shortly. pablobrowno
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3:58pm Sun 13 Jan 13

graham w says...

neville your post spot on mate...., nigel clough was at the 4th official all game, a good 3 points tho, with those two early goals i thought derby was going to be in for a roasting, it looked a cricket score was on the cards, but the ref made sure they didnt, biased as hell, and orlandi who i have grown to like as player does do a lot of flicking, and that chance he had, he should have buried , its nice to see brighton with a bit more urgency going forward in numbers, i think that watford game gave gus a good lesson..
neville your post spot on mate...., nigel clough was at the 4th official all game, a good 3 points tho, with those two early goals i thought derby was going to be in for a roasting, it looked a cricket score was on the cards, but the ref made sure they didnt, biased as hell, and orlandi who i have grown to like as player does do a lot of flicking, and that chance he had, he should have buried , its nice to see brighton with a bit more urgency going forward in numbers, i think that watford game gave gus a good lesson.. graham w
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4:46pm Sun 13 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

Maybe there is another with experience coming to the Amex.

Fenandez currently with Malaga is looking at a move to England, I do believe that another fan posted this news yesterday. With Southampton and Norwich in the running to sign him we might lose out but you never know.

I have to think that one or two other prem clubs would also be interested but Fenandez is a fellow countryman of Poyet so that might help.





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Maybe there is another with experience coming to the Amex. Fenandez currently with Malaga is looking at a move to England, I do believe that another fan posted this news yesterday. With Southampton and Norwich in the running to sign him we might lose out but you never know. I have to think that one or two other prem clubs would also be interested but Fenandez is a fellow countryman of Poyet so that might help. , VegasSeagull
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7:10pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Bucket feet Duffy says...

I don't think he is bitter just pointing out that his development squad is his squad, that's how it comes over to me.
I don't think he is bitter just pointing out that his development squad is his squad, that's how it comes over to me. Bucket feet Duffy
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7:13pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Bucket feet Duffy says...

I don't think he is bitter just pointing out that his development squad is his squad, that's how it comes over to me.
I don't think he is bitter just pointing out that his development squad is his squad, that's how it comes over to me. Bucket feet Duffy
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9:30pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Hugothepug says...

The Phantom wrote:
Ref was poor throughout, missing fouls in the first half and then killing the game in the second half penalising invariably fair tackles. Very rare after a home win to hear the referee booed off by the home fans. Dont really think Clough has much to moan about - his kids played some decent stuff but were naive at the back and the right team won. Ironically he may have in Will Hughes potentially the most expensive playing asset on the pitch. Aside from the likes of Trevor Francis and Peter Shilton, I dont remember his dad's team that twice won the European Cup being overladen with big money buys, just experience players like Larry Lloyd, Ian Bowyer and John McGovern. Strange interview really - should be delighted that he has lots of promising youngsters but seems more intent in using them as an excuse for losing.
Great post, agree that the ref spoilt the game. To be fair he did give everything our way in the first half. They should have had a free kick leading to our second goal when there was a foot high.

In the second half the ref seemed to then proceed to give them everything, Maybe making up for the first half.

They do have some very talented young players like Hughes and Wares but yesterday two errors from two youngsters cost them dear, such as the wide open space that allowed calderon to thread the ball to David for the first.

Think they will be a good unit next season, hopefully we won't be playing them tho!! Great result and the third win on the bounce. 2 wins out of the next three away games would be a good return and keep us firmly in the hunt for a top 6 finish.

Also the elusive target man has finally arrived, fingers crossed!! And one that scores goals, nearly a 1 in 2 man. I also think he will change the way the whole team will play and will hopefully get the best from CMS. Things are looking great for 2013 and I'm loving it!!

UTA
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Ref was poor throughout, missing fouls in the first half and then killing the game in the second half penalising invariably fair tackles. Very rare after a home win to hear the referee booed off by the home fans. Dont really think Clough has much to moan about - his kids played some decent stuff but were naive at the back and the right team won. Ironically he may have in Will Hughes potentially the most expensive playing asset on the pitch. Aside from the likes of Trevor Francis and Peter Shilton, I dont remember his dad's team that twice won the European Cup being overladen with big money buys, just experience players like Larry Lloyd, Ian Bowyer and John McGovern. Strange interview really - should be delighted that he has lots of promising youngsters but seems more intent in using them as an excuse for losing.[/p][/quote]Great post, agree that the ref spoilt the game. To be fair he did give everything our way in the first half. They should have had a free kick leading to our second goal when there was a foot high. In the second half the ref seemed to then proceed to give them everything, Maybe making up for the first half. They do have some very talented young players like Hughes and Wares but yesterday two errors from two youngsters cost them dear, such as the wide open space that allowed calderon to thread the ball to David for the first. Think they will be a good unit next season, hopefully we won't be playing them tho!! Great result and the third win on the bounce. 2 wins out of the next three away games would be a good return and keep us firmly in the hunt for a top 6 finish. Also the elusive target man has finally arrived, fingers crossed!! And one that scores goals, nearly a 1 in 2 man. I also think he will change the way the whole team will play and will hopefully get the best from CMS. Things are looking great for 2013 and I'm loving it!! UTA Hugothepug
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9:21am Mon 14 Jan 13

JollyRoger says...

I think Nigel Clough uses his inexperience excuse too often - he frequently refers to it in his post-match interviews.

The reality is, they were caught out by a better team and even though I thought we gave possession away far too easily in the second half, and am disappointed that we didn't build on the lead, the fact is we were much the better team on the day.

UTA
I think Nigel Clough uses his inexperience excuse too often - he frequently refers to it in his post-match interviews. The reality is, they were caught out by a better team and even though I thought we gave possession away far too easily in the second half, and am disappointed that we didn't build on the lead, the fact is we were much the better team on the day. UTA JollyRoger
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10:26am Mon 14 Jan 13

Bob! says...

I bought the Argus on saturday on the way down to the game. There was an interview with Clough in it.
It was basically a list of excuses for why they'd not got results
I bought the Argus on saturday on the way down to the game. There was an interview with Clough in it. It was basically a list of excuses for why they'd not got results Bob!
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