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Steve McClaren hails Derby County response

8 December 2014

Steve McClaren watched Derby County blow away Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0, before praising his side for responding to last weekend's defeat to Leeds United.

Rams head coach McClaren described the 2-0 loss at Elland Road as 'a bad day at the office' but the Sky Bet Championship leaders bounced back to somewhere near their imperious best against the struggling Seagulls.

A Chris Martin double was separated by a strike from Johnny Russell and, with only 20 minutes on the clock, Brighton were in danger of being thrashed. However, the visitors made it to half-time without any more breaches of their defence.

"It was a great reaction, after last Saturday," said McClaren.

"We always say that if you prepare properly Monday to Friday, then the games on a Saturday become easier.

"It was important we started well with lots of energy, and we did that.

"We knew we would create chances, but could we be clinical in front of goal? We certainly were in the first 20 minutes.

"Then, in the second half, we dominated without scoring. But keeping a clean sheet and maintaining a level of dominance was more important than scoring a fourth goal, for me.

"Today was very satisfying after the week's work. You are always going to lose games, it is how you respond to that which is important."

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