Mistakes cost Derby County dear, says boss Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough
Clough signed a new contract with Derby back in October

Derby County manager Nigel Clough says careless mistakes are costing his side as they slipped to 16th in the Championship table.

The Rams were beaten 1-0 at Ipswich at the weekend - their sixth defeat in eight matches.

Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "We just need to keep that clean sheet but we are playing with a level of consistency and a pattern about us.

"It is little mistakes and we seem to be getting punished for them."

There was some controversy about Ipswich's goal on Saturday, as referee David Webb consulted his assistant before awarding it, having believed John Brayford had cleared Keith Andrews's header off the line.

"It hurts at the moment and it hurts all our supporters," added Clough. "We can look back at another reasonable performance though.

"Somewhere along the line we will play poorly on the road and get our reward."