Nigel Clough denied rumours he had either resigned or been sacked after his Derby side's poor form continued with a 2-0 home defeat against Leicester.

The Rams have now lost five of their last six games in all competitions and are just seven points above the relegation zone after this latest setback. Goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Andy King continued Leicester's impressive form and left Clough to answer questions about his future.

The Rams boss said: "There are a lot of rumours around at the moment. I haven't resigned and if it has been done I haven't been told about it."

He added: "We are trying, (to bring players in), we have been close for a few weeks, there have been one or two times when we have been promised players and it's not quite materialised.

"We will keep trying, it's not a financial issue at the moment, there is money there to bring players in it's just getting clubs to agree to it.

"We think we can survive, we've got enough in the dressing room and we are not done yet, we will let you know when we are rather than the rumours."

"When you are losing games it's very hard, we have to grind out a win in the next two or three games. We all know the situation but it's no excuse. we haven't won enough games, and that's our job, if we can't win them we certainly shouldn't be losing as many."

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson felt his side were worthy winners.

He said: "I am happy for two reasons, first half we played good football, we moved the ball around nicely and scored two very nice goals. Second half they didn't allow us to play, our full-backs couldn't come out with the ball so it was more of a battle.

"It's not enough to be technically good in this league, you have to compete and stand up and fight when it's necessary, if you don't do that you will not win that many games and we are getting there."

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