Patience crucial as Derby County break Tykes resistance
NIGEL Clough felt Derby County's patience was rewarded in last night's victory over Barnsley.
"Barnsley made us work hard for the points," said the Rams' manager after the 2-0 win at Pride Park Stadium.
James O'Connor and substitute Nathan Tyson scored in the second half.
O'Connor's opener came after 68 minutes and Tyson's stunning strike arrived in the 90th minute.
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"It was a harder game in many ways than the Blackpool one," said Clough, in reference to Derby's thumping 4-1 victory over the Seasiders on Saturday.
"I think the way Barnsley set up is a measure of the respect teams are showing us, especially at Pride Park," added Clough.
"We had to be patient. We had four or five situations in the first half, reasonable opportunities, but didn't get the goal.
"Sometimes you have to wait to the 80th or 90th minute, it doesn't matter as long as you get that goal."
The win lifted Derby to ninth in the Championship and they have lost only one of their last eight matches.
Clough praised the effort of his players.
"Especially coming on the back of the effort that went in against Blackpool on Saturday," he said. "We saw a few tired legs out there, the two strikers especially, who ran themselves to a stand still against Blackpool.
"Paul Coutts also looked tired, as did Jeff Hendrick.
"It is very difficult for the lads at this level to do it Saturday, Tuesday and then Saturday with the intensity we are asking."