Derby are showing a marked improvement under new boss Paul Jewell. They fully deserved their point at Newcastle and could easily have bagged all three. On Boxing Day, only a late Steven Gerrard goal seperated them from Liverpool, although according to the Daily Mail, Jewell has accused his team of being ‘scared’ of their opponents.
Jewell said: “There’s not much justice in the game, particularly after battling so hard in the second half.
“I was bitterly disappointed with the first-half display, we looked frightened, scared, of Liverpool.
“I couldn’t wait to get at them at half-time, only 1-0 down. But in the second half we showed fight, and that is what the supporters want to see.”
The prospect of survival now looks bleak for the Rams, with them firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and marooned from their fellow relegation candidates. However, if they are to accumulate the points required to survive, they’re evidently going to have to stop respecting their opponents so much.
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