Clough belief is bolstered by Derby County's level of performance
NIGEL Clough says the level of Derby County's performances fills him with belief that the club's winless run will come to an end.
Derby are without a win in eight matches and have won only once in 11 League outings.
The sequence is their worst of the season and they have slipped to within six points of the bottom three.
But Clough is confident things will change.
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"We are all aware that the results are the important thing but in every one of the eight games we could have won or drawn," he said ahead of tomorrow's home game against Leicester City.
"I still maintain the games we have lost we should have drawn and the games we have drawn we should have won," added Clough.
"But that can only go on so long."
Derby have the current longest winless run in the Championship but a number of other clubs are also struggling for victories.
Burnley have won only one of their last nine League games.
Tomorrow's opponents Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall have won only once in eight.
"You think you are the only team struggling but you're not," said Clough.
"These runs happen in the Championship.
"It is horrible but we are not the only ones who suffer from them.
"We have just got to get out of this run sooner rather than later and we have been so close to doing it.
"Such a run can happen, even with a squad like Leicester's. That is the nature of the division."
Derby endured two lengthy poor runs last season.
They tasted victory once in 12 matches between mid-September and the beginning of December.
There was also a run of seven League games without a win in January and February before a double from Steven Davies sank Blackpool at Pride Park Stadium.
In 2010-11, Derby suffered a torrid sequence of one win in 14.