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Derby County attitude delights Steve McClaren

29 January 2014

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren saluted the staying power of his team after they came from two goals down to snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over relegation-threatened Yeovil Town.

Chris Martin's header in the fourth minute of added time broke the hearts of Yeovil who had led at the interval through goals from John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller.

But Derby always looked capable of staging a fightback and a third goal in as many games from on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and Craig Bryson's 12th goal of the season pegged Yeovil back.

Time was almost up when substitute Johnny Russell was tripped on the right corner of the penalty area and Bryson whipped in a superb free-kick which Martin flicked beyond Marek Stech to complete the comeback.

It was cruel on the visitors but McClaren believes his team were worth the win.

"With all the successful teams, it's all about the last 10 minutes, you wear teams down and that's basically what we did tonight. We just ground them down and kept going and going," he said.

"We got shots in and put balls into the box and kept creating chances and eventually we got our reward. It was the 85th minute when we got the winner against Brighton and the 84th minute when we equalised at Blackburn on Saturday.

"Tonight it was the 89th minute and injury time when we turned the game around so that's the pleasing thing for me that the team keep going and finish strongly.

"We had 36 shots tonight so to only score three goals is a bit disappointing but it was enough to win the game."

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson could not conceal his disappointment at seeing the result snatched away.

"The least I say the better because I am as upset as everybody else. We played to a plan and got a couple of decent goals but you know they are going to come at you," he said.

"They went 4-2-4 and unfortunately we didn't have enough nous to deal with it at that time. We kept giving the ball away and giving them runs of attacks. We kept giving it away and you can't do that against good teams.

"We came so close but it was a stupid free-kick to give away and it's a shame because there were a few out there who put a lot into their game. It just shows that there are teams in this league who can put you under constant pressure if you are not quite up to it."

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