Championship: Derby manager Nigel Clough targets top-half finish

Nigel Clough: Wants Derby to build on win over Leicester

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Derby manager Nigel Clough has set his sights on a top-half finish in the Championship this season.

Clough saw his side win for the first time in nine games prior to the international break and wants them to build on that 2-1 home victory over Leicester when they resume league action against bottom club Bristol City at Pride Park on Friday night.

Clough, whose team go into the match 13th in the standings, told reporters: "We want to finish the season on a high. Top half was realistic - if we could keep everybody fit - and we would love to do that. That is our aim and we are capable of doing it.

"For everyone, especially the supporters, we don't want to be scraping over the line. So, we will crack on and go for it in the last eight games.

"It was lovely to go into the international break on the back of a win but it is important we pick things up again against Bristol City.

"We are six points off the bottom three, so the first task is to make sure we don't get involved in that. Beating Bristol City would go a long way to doing that."