Clough admits to frayed nerves
Powell hits out at poor opening hour from Charlton
Last Updated: 18/09/12 11:27pm
Nigel Clough: Derby manager left with frayed nerves after 3-2 victory over Charlton
Derby manager Nigel Clough and Charlton counterpart Chris Powell admitted to being left with mixed emotions after the Rams held on in a five-goal thriller.
Clough, in particular, must have had an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu as his side moved into a three-goal lead, only to see the visitors come close to snatching a point.
Jamie Ward's brace and an effort from Craig Bryson put the home side seemingly in control, only for the Addicks to hit back though Danny Green and Yann Kermorgant.
Derby recently twice led by three goals in their League Cup tie against Scunthorpe before drawing 5-5 and losing on penalties and the Rams boss recognises that his side must learn to such profligacy.
He said: "Of course it is bit hard on the nerves when a side comes back at you like that.
"But I was more pleased with the sort of football we played to go three up than I was upset about the two goals Charlton scored.
"Their first goal was an absolute screamer, totally unstoppable and out of the blue, and that gave Charlton a huge lift.
"Until then we had been totally dominant and played some excellent football - but a goal like that gives a side a huge boost.
"We have got to learn to react better when a side hits back. We have got to respond to setbacks by keeping on playing our own game and not sitting back.
"In fact we should have had far more than three goals before Charlton came back at us because we played some lovely stuff and made a lot of chances.
"What matters most is that we got the result we deserved and that we showed again that this side is capable of playing some really excellent football."
Powell, a former Rams favourite, accepted that his side gave a good account of themselves to come back from such a daunting deficit.
However, he warned: "The football we played in the first hour, and especially the first half, was not worthy of this club.
"We gave Derby the freedom to do absolutely what they pleased and only when it looked like a lost cause did we decide that we had nothing to lose by having a go at them.
"In the end we were very unlucky not to take a point because we had three goalbound efforts cleared off the line and were right on top for the last half hour.
"In future we need to create that level of intensity for the full 90 minutes because you cannot get away with anything less at this level."