Blackburn Rovers were the better side in FA Cup clash, says Derby County boss Nigel Clough
MANAGER Nigel Clough felt Derby County were beaten by a better side in their fourth round FA Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
The Rams' Championship rivals triumphed 3-0 at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday to book a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Colin Kazim-Richards broke the deadlock just before the break after Derby skipper Richard Keogh failed to deal with a ball over the top.
Rovers defender Scott Dann doubled the visitors' advantage after the interval with a fine strike, which was soon followed by a third goal, scored by Jordan Rhodes.
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“Blackburn were a bit too good for us although there was nothing in it until we paid for a bad mistake with their first goal just before the break," said Rams boss Clough.
“After that, their experience and physical strength shone through and our young lads found them hard to handle.
“Jordan Rhodes and Colin (Kazim) Richards are as big a handful as any attacking partnership at our level and it was also a tough task for our kids to come up against a player like Danny Murphy in midfield.”