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AUDIO: Steve McClaren discusses Saturday's 'great game' between Derby County and Watford
3:35pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Derby County head coach Steve McClaren admitted Watford were "killing" his side with ten minutes of Saturday's game remaining and expected the Hornets to win at that point in the match.
The Hornets dominated for large parts of the second half but in the 88th minute, Fernando Forestieri conceded possession too easily and poor defending allowed Conor Sammon to score the winner.
McClaren said: "I said with ten minutes to go at 2-2 that we were getting killed by Watford and it looked like we were going to lose the game. We couldn't get a foothold, we kept giving the ball away and we weren't playing well and we looked a different team.
"But this is what we have to learn and I said with ten minutes to go that this team has something. It has a lot to learn but it has something. We will have good weeks and bad weeks but we have a good platform and they are a good team to build from."
He added: "I thought it was a great game for the neutral and for the two sets of fans. I thought it was a see-saw game and two teams who like to play football. They had some very good players on view and we did as well, and some of the football they played and we played as well was tremendous.
"I like the team (Derby). It works hard, it’s got character, attitude, can play football and can score goals. We came out on top today, it could have been the other way round very easily - there were spells for both sides - but we just got the edge and I think we deserved the win in the end."
McClaren worked with Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan during the former England manager's brief spell at Nottingham Forest and he praised the midfielder's recent performances.
McClaren said: "It was hard in that midfield. Watford have a lot of good players. I saw McGugan's potential at Nottingham Forest and he is really showing it here. (Fernando) Forestieri was excellent, I thought (Diego) Fabbrini caused us problems and they are a very difficult team to defend against but we did it quite well.
"We lost the midfield at times and then started to win it at times. I thought it was fascinating. There were a lot of good footballers in there and it was probably a good game to watch."
You can listen to McClaren's post-match press conference below.
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