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More to come from Derby County - Steve McClaren

25 February 2015

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren said there's more to come from his side, even though they cruised to a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic to remain at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

McClaren saw his team produce some classy football in the first half but believes there is more to come in the final months of the season.

Derby looked impressive from the start and were in control from the moment Jeff Hendrick scored from close range in the ninth minute after former Charlton striker Darren Bent pulled the ball back from the right touchline.

The movement and speed of Derby's passing was opening Charlton up time and time again, and it was no surprise when another superb passing move sent in Jesse Lingard in the 17th minute to drive a lot shot into the bottom corner for his first goal following his loan move from Manchester United.

"The first half was fantastic," McClaren said. "It's very difficult to keep that tempo going but there was some tremendous football and there were a lot of plusses tonight.

"In certain spells we looked excellent but what also impressed me when we weren't was we looked solid at the back. I think we are a good team with the ball but tonight we looked a good team without the ball.

"We've still got a lot to do but our midfield is very strong, our bench is good, we can make changes and our loan signings have come in and done well. So I hope we haven't seen the best of this team, I think that's still to come and today I think they showed a maturity and kept in control.

"There are seven strong teams at the top and Wolves just behind so there are eight good teams and anyone can put a run in and get in there so we've got to do what we can do and get the results."

Charlton manager Guy Luzon believes Derby are heading for the Premier League, but was disappointed at the way his team started.

"I think Derby totally deserved to win and played very well, especially in the first 30 minutes but we were not organised well and left gaps between the lines and they used it well," he said.

"After 30 minutes we came back and organised better but it's not enough against a team like Derby, with their quality. You have to concentrate from the first minute and not for 60 or 55 minutes.

"They deserve to be in the Premier League and I think they are the best team in this league. But it's too late to wake up against Derby after 30 minutes. Next time we need to give everything from the very first minute like we did against Wigan and Brentford."

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