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Steve McClaren gives his verdict on Derby County’s promotion hopes



Derby County are still in the hunt for a play-off spot, but the recent run of poor form has seen them slip away from the top two.

Their 0-0 draw with bitter rivals Nottingham Forest was the seventh game without a win, a spell which has threatened their play-off hopes, but former England manager and Rams boss Steve McClaren still thinks they’d frighten any other side in the top six.

“They need to take more risks to keep the position in the play-offs, but no one will want to play Derby in the play-offs if they have Vydra and Ledley fit.” he said on Sky Sports.

“You mustn’t panic, you must keep stable and calm from top to bottom and get the players fit.”

McClaren is no stranger to play off agony at Pride Park, having looked a certainty for a top six spot in 2014/15 before tumbling out of frame altogether.

“In January we were top of the league then we had so many injuries and we didn’t win games,” he said. “The situation here is too many draws at the minute, Vydra’s goals have dried up.”

18-goal Vydra hasn’t scored for four matches and sat out the draw with Forest, as did Joe Ledley.

As for McClaren, he’s been out in Israel working with Jordi Cruyff at Maccabi Tel Aviv and has recently distanced himself with speculation linking him with the vacant Oxford United job.

The Verdict

Whilst Derby do have good players at their disposal, the other sides challenging at the top of the table have plenty to offer too. A failure to turn draws into wins could be costly for the Rams and they’re out of form at exactly the wrong time of the season.

As for McClaren saying Vydra’s goals have dried up, that’s a bit harsh on the forward. He hasn’t scored in four games but it is hardly a barren spell of epic proportions, is it?