Clough: A long way to go

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Derby manager Nigel Clough is refusing to get carried away after the 2-0 victory over Portsmouth sent them to fourth place in the npower Championship.

A first-half Robbie Savage penalty - after Aaron Mokoena upended Tomasz Cywka - and a second-half strike from Paul Green secured a fifth straight win for the resurgent Rams, who are riding on the crest of a wave after a shaky start to the season.

Clough said: "I didn't think we were as fluent at times. There were little glimpses and patches of good play but we had to dig in and defend against a very good side."

He added: "There were little spells of passing and moving and the second goal probably typified it but I thought we set the tone in the first 15 minutes of the game. I think it was 13 or 14 minutes before our goalkeeper touched the ball which was a measure of how much we pressed and how much we were on the front foot

"If we can play to a certain level like that in spells there are few teams that can cope with it. But you can't play like that for 90 minutes and that's where the other side of the game comes in and I though we did well at defending as well.

"We have played 15 games and we are third of the season in so there's a long, long way to go. We weren't talking about relegation when we were third from bottom six weeks ago so we are certainly not going to talk about promotion when we are fourth from top."

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