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McClaren hails Derby keeper

The Argus: Steve McClaren Steve McClaren

Derby boss Steve McClaren has praised his goalkeeper for helping his side beat Albion.

Lee Grant made two fine saves as the Seagulls lost 1-0 at the iPro Stadium yesterday.

He kept out a Matt Upson header in the first half and Leo Ulloa’s low drive late on.

McClaren said: “The back six kept us in the game, kept us a clean sheet.

“Lee Grant made a fantastic save and they are the ones that get you three points.

“It’s important you grind out results when there are 46 games in a season.

“We weren’t at our best but we will take the three points.”

McClaren also highlighted the contribution of his three substitutes and suggested his team merited the win.

Patrick Bamford went off the bench to score with a shot which seemed to deflect off Solly March.

McClaren added: “We went for the game and probably deserved the break.”

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2:18pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Lord Hamilton says...

McClaren is talking double Dutch!!! Again!!!
McClaren is talking double Dutch!!! Again!!! Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

If he is praising his defence, this indicates he thinks they were lucky to stay in the match. We weren't at our best, but did not deserve to lose.
If he is praising his defence, this indicates he thinks they were lucky to stay in the match. We weren't at our best, but did not deserve to lose. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 7

2:38pm Sun 19 Jan 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause.
Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle.
Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save.
All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter?
Man of the match for me was Bruno.
I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause. Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle. Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save. All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter? Man of the match for me was Bruno. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 13

4:59pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Conelli98 says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause.
Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle.
Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save.
All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter?
Man of the match for me was Bruno.
Spot on on all points! if i could give you three thumbs up I would!
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause. Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle. Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save. All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter? Man of the match for me was Bruno.[/p][/quote]Spot on on all points! if i could give you three thumbs up I would! Conelli98
  • Score: 4

6:18pm Sun 19 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

'Back six?' Sounds like he was 'frit'.
'Back six?' Sounds like he was 'frit'. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 2

7:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ballantrrae says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause.
Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle.
Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save.
All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter?
Man of the match for me was Bruno.
Good post PressBoxTB.
A really good creative attacking player is what IMO we have been lacking all season. Conway was just beginning to become a significant 'provider' when his Loan ended. I trust we get him back soon or, if we can't, sign somebody else who will mesh with our existing players as he did.
With a fit Buckley and LuaLua back, Ulloa up front together with Orlandi and Ince in midfield a good replacement for Crofts might just be the final ingredient in helping the club secure a play-off spot. So selling Bridcutt to help finance such a player as well as a replacement for Barnes might be the pragmatic strategy the club should pursue. Certainly it might help restore the stability now needed to move forwards.
Talking of acquisitions I would hope that Burke & Co will deliver what Oscar needs including ideally another defender in place of El-Abd.
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause. Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle. Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save. All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter? Man of the match for me was Bruno.[/p][/quote]Good post PressBoxTB. A really good creative attacking player is what IMO we have been lacking all season. Conway was just beginning to become a significant 'provider' when his Loan ended. I trust we get him back soon or, if we can't, sign somebody else who will mesh with our existing players as he did. With a fit Buckley and LuaLua back, Ulloa up front together with Orlandi and Ince in midfield a good replacement for Crofts might just be the final ingredient in helping the club secure a play-off spot. So selling Bridcutt to help finance such a player as well as a replacement for Barnes might be the pragmatic strategy the club should pursue. Certainly it might help restore the stability now needed to move forwards. Talking of acquisitions I would hope that Burke & Co will deliver what Oscar needs including ideally another defender in place of El-Abd. ballantrrae
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Eddy B says...

Didn't see or hear the game so not really qualified to comment but was very surprised JFC got in ahead of Augestein...he (and the fans) must wonder what is the point of having him in the squad if he can't get a game with Crofts out. We desperately need some creativity in order to up our on target shot count especially away. We are averaging just over one goal a game which isn't really enough in this league for promotion despite our solid defence. Admittedly some of our most creative players have been injured - Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi - hopefully the latter will provide that spark in midfield when he's back to match fitness.
Didn't see or hear the game so not really qualified to comment but was very surprised JFC got in ahead of Augestein...he (and the fans) must wonder what is the point of having him in the squad if he can't get a game with Crofts out. We desperately need some creativity in order to up our on target shot count especially away. We are averaging just over one goal a game which isn't really enough in this league for promotion despite our solid defence. Admittedly some of our most creative players have been injured - Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi - hopefully the latter will provide that spark in midfield when he's back to match fitness. Eddy B
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

albion64 says...

Eddy B wrote:
Didn't see or hear the game so not really qualified to comment but was very surprised JFC got in ahead of Augestein...he (and the fans) must wonder what is the point of having him in the squad if he can't get a game with Crofts out. We desperately need some creativity in order to up our on target shot count especially away. We are averaging just over one goal a game which isn't really enough in this league for promotion despite our solid defence. Admittedly some of our most creative players have been injured - Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi - hopefully the latter will provide that spark in midfield when he's back to match fitness.
I saw the game in the Warwick in Worthing and we created very little in the way of efforts on goal. We also looked in control and didn't have to break sweat.

We need goals from midfield and this is a big part of our game that is a worry, especially now Crofts is crocked. Look at our last 10 games, the number 1 appears a lot. Apart from the Leicester game we have scraped wins by the odd goal. Bridcutt, Ince and Adgustein, great players but have no goals in them. Perhaps Oscar thought JFC was a better prospect to put the ball in the net. Fingers crossed for some skilful trading by the month's end. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Didn't see or hear the game so not really qualified to comment but was very surprised JFC got in ahead of Augestein...he (and the fans) must wonder what is the point of having him in the squad if he can't get a game with Crofts out. We desperately need some creativity in order to up our on target shot count especially away. We are averaging just over one goal a game which isn't really enough in this league for promotion despite our solid defence. Admittedly some of our most creative players have been injured - Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi - hopefully the latter will provide that spark in midfield when he's back to match fitness.[/p][/quote]I saw the game in the Warwick in Worthing and we created very little in the way of efforts on goal. We also looked in control and didn't have to break sweat. We need goals from midfield and this is a big part of our game that is a worry, especially now Crofts is crocked. Look at our last 10 games, the number 1 appears a lot. Apart from the Leicester game we have scraped wins by the odd goal. Bridcutt, Ince and Adgustein, great players but have no goals in them. Perhaps Oscar thought JFC was a better prospect to put the ball in the net. Fingers crossed for some skilful trading by the month's end. UTA albion64
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Sun 19 Jan 14

albion64 says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause.
Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle.
Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save.
All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter?
Man of the match for me was Bruno.
Yes Andrews struggles with our passing game. His two shots nearly took supporters out in row zl. His work rate can't be faulted, but I think technically he falls down. Or maybe he is colour blind.
UTA
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think McClaren probably knows they got a very lucky win, we were the better side overall, and we looked solid defensively, but as is quite the norm for us, we struggle to be inventive enough from midfield, and in that sense I think we missed Crofts a bit yesterday, and obviously LuaLua and Buckley being injured doesn't help that cause. Andrews, I thought, was our worst player, followed closely by the ever lightweight Lopez. Orlandi wasn't to hot either but given his long term absence he gets the benefit of the doubt. With those three being somewhat ineffective in midfield we were always going to struggle. Nothing creted out of midfield leaves Ulloa with nothing to feed off of, and I only remember one header on goal and that was from Upson on a corner producing a good save. All this talk of strengthening the squad I hope becomes a focus for some decent midfield creativity. Oscar left it too late to add Agustein into the mix, and every week I scratch my head over Lopez being an automatic starter? Man of the match for me was Bruno.[/p][/quote]Yes Andrews struggles with our passing game. His two shots nearly took supporters out in row zl. His work rate can't be faulted, but I think technically he falls down. Or maybe he is colour blind. UTA albion64
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Sun 19 Jan 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

We don't need to sign anyone IMO. There just aren't the players around that are going to make a difference. If Mason or Garbban or whoever else were good enough for the premier league they would be at that level already. We don't need to panic. We've got a great squad regardless and they are good enough to get out of the division.

Bank the money and concentrate on tactics to get us up. We'll be in line with FFP and we won't be wasting money on panic buys. CMS is back soon and with him Leo and Obika we have enough to get us up. Lets calm down on the transfers there really isn't anything out there worth the money unless it's a gem from Oscars contacts.
We don't need to sign anyone IMO. There just aren't the players around that are going to make a difference. If Mason or Garbban or whoever else were good enough for the premier league they would be at that level already. We don't need to panic. We've got a great squad regardless and they are good enough to get out of the division. Bank the money and concentrate on tactics to get us up. We'll be in line with FFP and we won't be wasting money on panic buys. CMS is back soon and with him Leo and Obika we have enough to get us up. Lets calm down on the transfers there really isn't anything out there worth the money unless it's a gem from Oscars contacts. WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Sun 19 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

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seve mcclurcin ip a bod magnagereer em a talkiy muhcc a to duchya. E derbedy scrore gole a aaaaaaaa UBA a seegull fly in sky
  • Score: -1

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