Derby County head-coach Steve McClaren has admitted he would have loved to have subbed a lot more players during their first defeat in 13 games on Saturday.
The Rams lost 2-1 at the iPro Stadium to an out-of-form Wigan Athletic at the weekend and McClaren wasn’t pleased with his side’s first half performance in particular.
McClaren made two substitutions at half time even though the Rams finished the half with an undeserved 1-0 lead. Midfielder Will Hughes and on-loan winger Jordan Ibe were replaced by Jeff Hendrick and Simon Dawkins.
The second half performance improved but they fell to a defeat courtesy of two goals from substitute James McClean.
McClaren, talking to the Derby Telegraph said: ”I would love to have made seven or eight substitutions at half-time. We were not keeping the ball, we were not playing, we did not deal with the ball, we gave it away too often. Wigan looked sharper than us. Everything that could go wrong, did.”
Derby face Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow night in the last 16 tie of the Capital One Cup. McClaren is likely to make changes to the side.