Clough - We're nearly there
Nigel Clough claims just one more win will be enough to ensure survival as Derby drew 2-2 against Coventry.
Last Updated: 09/04/11 8:28pm
Derby manager Nigel Clough claims just one more win will be enough to ensure survival as his side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Coventry.
The Rams looked to be heading for defeat in the Championship after goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Marlon King put the visitors ahead five minutes before half-time.
But Steve Davies pulled one back and Robbie Savage equalised from the penalty spot as the hosts went into the break level.
The point left County eight points above the relegation zone with six games to go.
Clough said: "We might need another two or three points, the teams below us have got to win three games out of six and that's going to be difficult for them."
And Clough praised his players for their response to a tough start to the game.
He added: "It was a good point, especially after coming from 2-0 down and being overrun for the first 30 minutes.
"But the second half was even and we were sharper and brighter.
"We couldn't get a foothold in the game early on but we got better and the first goal lifted us.
"It was game on after the penalty and we didn't want half time to come. If we could have had another five or ten minutes I think we might have got another goal.
"We think their first goal should have been a free-kick (for a foul on goalkeeper Brad Jones) and we still feel aggrieved about that."
Savage's leveller came after King was adjudged to have fouled Jamie Ward and his penalty did give Clough a slight scare.
The manager said: "He has been practising them all week and has sent them to the keeper's right, so I'm not sure why he changed his mind. The keeper almost got it but thankfully it went in."
Thorn disappointed not to claim win
Coventry caretaker manager Andy Thorn refused to criticise King for the foul which gave Derby the chance to equalise.
He said: "I don't want to dwell on it. We played some terrific stuff today and even at 2-2 I said we are not settling for this, let's have a proper go even if we win 6-4.
"The attitude and application for 85 minutes was bang on but we had a five-minute sloppy spell and got punished. But we gave a great account of ourselves.
"Marlon scored a good goal and worked his socks off for the team, he just made a mistake.
"We are disappointed not to get the three points and that shows just how far we have come in a short space of time. It's positives all the way and onwards and upwards for the club.
"The players' attitude in the second half after losing a two-goal lead was excellent. A lot of teams would have gone under but our boys showed real character."