“Brilliant Since He’s Been Here” – Derby County Boss Heaps Praise On Match-Winner

Derby County put last week’s disappointing loss to Northampton Town behind them with a comprehensive 1-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Blackpool on Friday.

Pride Park played host to a tense affair on Good Friday and the result sees the Rams move six points clear of fellow automatic promotion contenders Bolton Wanderers in third, with automatic promotion to the Championship looking even more likely now.

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The difference-maker on the day was Gambia international Ebou Adams, who is currently on loan from Cardiff City. His stunning strike in the 40th minute proved to be decisive and ended up as the only goal of the game.

Speaking to club media after the victory, Derby County manager Paul Warne gave his opinion on the midfielder’s impressive performance.

“He’s been brilliant since he’s been here. I’ve seen from day one, he’s a really good person first and foremost. He’s a good footballer, a competitive one in the middle of the park.”

Light-heartedly, Warne also joked that Adams should score more headers given how high he jumps when celebrating.

“He jumps so high on the goal celebrations, he should score more headers.”

In regards to the result and the performance that accompanied it, Warne was adamant that his side gave him a tremendous sense of pride with how they translated their training onto the pitch and praised the fans for their continued support for the club.

“I thought, against a really good Blackpool side, we limited them to very few chances and it takes a lot of work from coaches to do that. Overall, I’m really proud of the lads.

“There were pockets of good stuff today and there were times where not everything was perfect but the result is – and that’s all I worry about now. In the moments today, we did enough to win.

“I’m pretty happy and I hope everyone that came today enjoyed it and I would like to say a big thank you for staying with the team.”

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The Derby head coach also furthered his appreciation for the home fans by addressing the end of the game moments with them, and how it motivates the players.

“I want the lads to enjoy every moment of it. Pressure is a privilege. You are lucky if you are playing for something and having 30,000 people egging you on. Until you’ve achieved anything, you are just very close.”

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There is an overwhelming sense of cohesion between the players, staff, and fans in the Derby County cohort. With a constant sense of optimism, the head coach has clearly instilled a belief that his side can return to the Championship this season.

A tough test at Fratton Park on Tuesday against league leaders Portsmouth proves to be a huge clash and title six-pointer. With Bolton breathing down the Rams’ neck and Pompey edging further ahead, this final run-in is make or break for Derby County.

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