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Chief Exec's view Derby

23 October 2012

Simon Clegg shares his programme column with the Club website

Thank you to everyone at Portman Road today; loyal fans will be rewarded in times ahead and the taste of success will be that much sweeter having experienced the present lows.

We all recognise that we are in a hole and the focus at this time is ensuring that we get out of it; to do this we need a blend of youth and experience, but we are very clear on where the priority needs to be at this time.

Whilst I have heard some discontent about the number of loan signings we have in the current squad, the Owner has once again demonstrated his support for the Club by securing such quality additions. 

Today will mark the first home game for new loan signings Stephen Henderson and Nigel Reo-Coker.

At times like this, as hard as it is, the players really need your support and encouragement and I ask you to dig deep to give us every chance of securing a maximum of six points from the two back to back home games at Portman Road. The table doesn’t lie, nor do the results, but we need to look forwards not backwards if we are going to drag ourselves out of the relegation zone.

I recognise how difficult it is for fans to remain positive and get behind the team when results are not going our way, especially as we find ourselves languishing at the bottom of the Championship table.  We all have a part to play in turning the situation round and fans should never underestimate the impact that they have on the team. 

The players know that they have given you little to cheer about this season and they are determined to put this right tonight and again on Saturday.

Sadly, it was not to be and once again our confidence has taken a further knock and we have created a greater challenge for ourselves. That said the players continue to be upbeat and positive and desperately wanting to achieve the results we all crave not only for themselves, but the manager, his coaching staff and of course you the fans.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ fantastic goal, which it has to be said was against the run of play, sent everyone into the half-time break hoping that our terrible run of results was about to change. 

Gutted is the only way to describe the feeling at the end of last weekend’s away game at Hull.  The long trip home for all of us who travelled to the KC Stadium was a time to reflect on another lost three points.


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