Nigel Clough salutes Derby's spirit after the 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough

Nigel Clough: Happy with spirit, but not defending

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Derby boss Nigel Clough was impressed with his team's effort if not their defending in the 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough.

The Rams arrived in fine spirits following their derby victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, and battled back to earn a late point at the Riverside, Paul Coutts grabbing an equaliser.

Derby had led through Theo Robinson's penalty but the lead lasted just three minutes, Lukas Jutkiewicz levelling and the striker put the hosts in front on 81 before Coutts' late goal.

Clough said: "On the back of the effort that went in on Sunday, to come back from 2-1 down with minutes to go means the spirit and honesty of these lads is not in question.

"We have certain principles when we score a goal, we have to get the ball back and not give it away for a few minutes but we didn't do that.

"There were two or three mistakes leading up to (Boro's equaliser), Jeff Hendrick giving the ball away on the halfway line then conceding the free-kick before Frank (Fielding) spilled it.

"If we'd stopped any one of those then the ball wouldn't have gone in.

"And I don't think it would have been undeserved if we'd gone away with a 3-2 win."