Clough issues Derby rallying cry

A hefty defeat against Nottingham Forest over Christmas coupled with an FA Cup reverse at Crawley have been particular low spots for Derby amidst a poor run of form.

Now, ahead of this weekend's rematch with the Reds, Clough is keen that there are no knee-jerk reactions at Pride Park.

"If we're going to do anything as a club over the next six months, 12 months, two years, it's times like these that we need to stick together," he told the Derby Evening Telegraph.

"It is important to concentrate on what has been good this season.

"Six weeks or eight weeks ago we were playing football that people were saying they have not seen a Derby team play for 10 to 15 years.

"We were 10 minutes off going third at one stage and then all of a sudden our world has come crashing down.

"That happens in football. It happens to the best teams, as much as we don't want it too."