Steve McClaren was not scheduled to take charge of Derby County until today but gave an impromptu speech at half-time which saw the Rams score three second half goals to draw against Ipswich in a thrilling 4-4 draw last night.
Ipswich dominated the first half with goals from Christophe Berra, Aaron Cresswell and a brace from Daryl Murphy giving them a seemingly unassailable lead.
The Tractor Boys were two goals up inside 10 minutes and with Derby trailing 4-1 at half-time, the new manager took it upon himself to rally his troops: "We weren't good enough in the first half and Steve came down at half-time and had a few words to say," interim manager Darren Wassall told The Guardian.
"He made a few changes as well and it did the trick, the second half was much better. The response from the players in the second half was absolutely magnificent.
"Steve came back down to the dressing room again at the end of the game and he was absolutely thrilled with the response."
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was disappointed as his side went away still chasing their first away win of the season: "That hurts, and if I'm being honest it feels like a defeat, "I think that's what they call a game of two halves, isn't it?” he said.
“The first half was absolutely fantastic for us but in the second half we made mistakes, they attacked us and attacked us and in the end what should have been a win has turned out to be a hard-fought draw."
McClaren was given the manager’s job at Pride Park following the somewhat controversial dismissal of Nigel Clough after the 1-0 defeat against rivals Nottingham Forest.
Former Rams player McClaren was linked with managerial vacancy at Sunderland but is now tasked with the difficult job of achieving promotion to the Premier League.
The last time Derby graced the top-flight they managed only one league win all season and were relegated with only 11 points to their name, a record low.
The draw last night leaves Derby 14th in the Championship, seven points adrift of the play-off places. And whatever was said in the dressing-room at half-time last night the Rams will need plenty more inspiration if they are to achieve promotion.
But with the experience McClaren at the helm and a few more words of wisdom, they may just be the surprise package this season.
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