Clough: Finishing on a high may help us recruit
DERBY County manager Nigel Clough believes finishing the Championship campaign on a high could help in the chase for transfer targets this summer.
The Rams are eyeing a top-half finish for the first time in five seasons and have three games remaining to add to their 60 points.
They travel to face play-off hopefuls Cardiff City tonight (7.45pm) and then take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday before the season ends with a home game against Peterborough United.
Clough says there is plenty still to play for and how the Rams end the season could have a bearing as he plans for next season.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
"It's important because if we finish only five or six points short of the top six we can say to our targets 'you could make that difference next season'," added Clough.
"Despite the injuries we have had, despite losing skipper Shaun Barker and despite the strikers having been out at different times, we are not far off.
"We want some more points, some more good perfomances and we are looking for things to take into next season.
"We are also looking for a two or three player improvement in the summer to make that difference."
Clough and his coaching staff have been out watching possible targets.
"Our job is to always try to get better," said Clough.
"We need somebody to regularly get us goals, that seems to be the difference in the division, somebody to make that difference in tight games.
"Defensively, we have been good this season.
"We miss Barks, without doubt, but it is encouraging when Jake Buxton and Tom Naylor come in and do as well as they have.
"When you look at the last four matches we have played, the two goals conceded have been incredible strikes. Teams are generally having to work a lot harder to score against us.
"Our goalkeeper (Frank Fielding) is in fine form and he is a good age.
"We are looking for a younger left-back to bring through but at the moment Gareth Roberts will be our first choice left-back at the start of next season."
Roberts, who signed a new one-year deal last week, has been one of Derby's most consistent performers this season.