Clough content with comeback

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Derby manager Nigel Clough described some of his team's football as "brilliant" after they came back against a Barnsley side who are becoming the draw specialists of the npower Championship.

Keith Hill's team took a first-half lead through skipper Jason Butterfield but Steven Davies levelled with a penalty as high-flying Derby turned up the heat in the second half. Hill admitted his team did well to leave Pride Park with a point and although Derby missed the chance to go above Southampton at the top, Clough was far from downhearted.

"The effort that went in in the second half was absolutely incredible," Clough said. "But it was not just the effort, there was quality to go with it. In the first eight games we have had plenty of effort, spirit and energy but I thought it all came together with some brilliant football at times as well."

He added: "I think to create as many chances and peg a team back as comfortable as Barnsley are, especially away from home, was exceptionally good. To sit here with only one point the lads are a little bit down but in the next few days they will take an awful lot of pride from the performance.

"I think we were camped not just in their half but in their penalty area for long spells and if something had dropped we might have got the winner, but hopefully we might get something on Saturday when we might not deserve it as much."

Barnsley have now drawn six of their nine Championship matches and Hill conceded his team were fortunate to avoid defeat in the second half.

"The first half we did very well and showed some great energy and created opportunities, but in the second we were very fortunate to escape with a point," he said. "That was because of the way they played, they are an excellent side and with the injuries we have, we are very pleased to come here and get a salvage job."

A stretched Barnsley squad lost three more players through injury and Hill will assess his squad during the forthcoming international break. He added: "We are so close but at the same time we are a million miles away. I think the young lads have done exceptionally well but they are not quite ready at the moment."

Luke Steele was outstanding in the Barnsley goal and Hill said: "Luke is an incredible goalkeeper and I imagine that being the perfectionist he is he will think he should have saved the penalty."

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