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“We showed great character” - Paul Clement full of praise for Derby County

14 December 2015

Derby County boss Paul Clement was full of praise for his players after they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.

James Wilson opened the scoring for the travelling Seagulls but Bradley Johnson levelled matters before the break.

Rajiv van La Parra then put the visitors back in front, only for Chris Martin to equalise from the penalty spot late on after Gordon Greer fouled Johnny Russell.

The Rams slipped to fourth in the standings, and head coach Clement believes his side were worthy of at least a point against the table-topping Brighton, who remain unbeaten this term.

He told Rams Player HD: “We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game based on the chances we created.

“We showed great character to get back into the game having gone behind twice - especially with their goals coming against the run of play.

“It was important that we didn’t lose the game because that would have put them seven points ahead of us in the table.

“That’s a fairly big gap – even at this stage of the season – so with Middlesbrough drawing and Hull winning it has made it very compact at the top.

“Although we are disappointed not to win it is important to remember it wasn’t a loss - it was a valuable point and it keeps us in and around where we should be.”

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