Derby County head coach Paul Clement says he expected his side to have at least 10 points at this point in the campaign, during an interview with the club website.
The former Chelsea coach replaced Steve McClaren over the summer after the Rams failed to reach the play-offs, and has since spent over £10 million on new signings.
They started as favourites for promotion but have endured a very disappointing start after five games, drawing four and losing one giving them four points and have conceded the opening goal in every one of those matches.
Clement agrees it has not been good enough and that he would have expected to have at least nine or 10 points by now, but insisted that the performances have been generally good.
He told the club’s official website: “We have not had a good enough start in the league. After five games, we expected to have around nine or 10 points, but we have got four.
“The positive thing for us is that there is still a long way to go.
“The performances, in the league, haven`t been poor, so there are plenty of positives to take away from that, but we have got to turn our performances into winning football.”
It would be a disaster for Derby not to win promotion this season after investing in their squad so heavily and, if their form does not pick up soon, Clement may start to feel the pressure.
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