Nigel Clough left frustrated by his Derby County side's inability to deal effectively with corners
NIGEL Clough wants his Derby County team to show a greater desire when defending corners.
Derby lost 2-1 against promotion-chasers Watford at Vicarage Road in the Championship on Saturday.
Watford went ahead through Matej Vydra in the first half and doubled their lead after 68 minutes when Joel Ekstrand scored from a corner.
The Rams have conceded from a corner in three of their last five matches – against Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and Watford – and also conceded from a set piece, a free kick, in the draw with Bolton Wanderers.
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Clough was left frustrated after the Watford game.
"It was a familiar story of not making the most of our situations in the final third and then our old Achilles heel, failing to defend a corner," said the manager.
"That has ultimately cost us the game."
Clough said Rams striker Conor Sammon lost his man at the corner, Ekstrand, who knocked the ball down and past goalkeeper Adam Legzdins from six yards.
Asked if he felt Legzdins could have helped out, Clough said: "No, the corner came in far too low.
"Everybody is allocated a man. Unfortunately, it was Conor Sammon's man that scored.
"We just have to have a bit more desire to keep the ball out of our net.
"When you get an individual job like that, you have got to make sure your man doesn't score.
"We have to work on that individually and as a team."
Derby have conceded 48 goals in their 34 League fixtures, three more than at this stage last season.
"Generally, it was another good performance but just not quite enough to get us something," said Clough.
"We went with three up front and wanted to press Watford as early as we could to stop them playing out from the back. We thought it worked, generally.
"A bit of quality cost us the first goal. It was a brilliant finish by Vydra in off the post.
"Could we have defended it better? It is difficult because he has got pace and he is tricky. In most of those situations you would say 'go on, hit it from outside the box'. He did, and it went in off both posts."
Derby's goal came from Jamie Ward when he converted a 73rd-minute penalty after Richard Keogh was pushed in the area.
Ward has now scored 11 goals this season in 18 appearances and five in his last six.
"It looked a penalty and I didn't see too many complaints from their players or their bench," said Clough.
"Jamie has got himself another goal and then we had a few situations after that to get the equaliser."