Frustration for Derby County boss Nigel Clough after late show at Hull City
NIGEL Clough was happy with much of Derby County's performance last night despite his team falling 2-1 to promotion-chasing Hull City at the KC Stadium.
"There was nothing wrong with our performance in lots of ways," said the manager.
Egyptian international forward Gedo put the Tigers ahead early in the second half on his home debut before Jamie Ward's 84th-minute equaliser looked to have earned a point for the Rams.
Ahmed Elmohamady headed a late winner for the home side and Derby's misery was complete when defender Gareth Roberts was shown a straight red two minutes from time following a challenge on Nick Proschwitz.
Roberts now faces a three-match ban. Clough thought the red card was harsh.
And he also felt Derby should have been given a free kick in the build-up to Hull's winner.
On Roberts' sending off, Clough said: "Gareth has gone for the ball. A couple of lads went up straight away and said it wasn't a red, and that was Hull's players.
"So I thought it was very harsh.
"The referee was very quick with the red card.
"There was a handball leading up to the winning goal, again similar to the foul leading up to Sheffield Wednesday's equaliser on Saturday.
"It was a blatant handball and it was five yards away from the referee, but not given. Instead, they got a corner and scored.
"We have still got to defend the corner better – he's got a free header in the six yard box, and that's the frustrating part – but it shouldn't have come to that if the referee does his job correctly. It was a free kick to us."