Derby can win Monday night’s Capital One Cup clash at Brunton Park
Championship teams challenging for promotion to the Premier League have a bulging squad of quality players and this will be in evidence when Derby County travel north for this Capital One Cup clash.
Zak Whitbread, John Eustace and Conor Sammon were among those players left on the bench during Saturday’s 1-0 win against Rotherham United, with the trio among those players who will grace the pitch for tonight’s clash.
It suggests that the 4/5 about Derby winning tonight’s game should be taken, even if Steve McClaren is plotting promotion to the Premier League after the Rams suffered play-off heartache last May when QPR won the final at the death.
“We didn’t play with great smartness or intelligence after the first half an hour,” said the head coach after the win against the Millers.
“It was your typical first game of the season where the result is probably more important than the performance but we will grow from this.
“It’s three points and we move on quickly.
“I thought we deserved to win because we controlled the game, although we had one or two hairy moments,” he said.
“We knew Rotherham would make us work hard for the result.
“They had been beaten only four times in 34 games and have the confidence after winning promotion at Wembley last season.
“They are difficult opponents. Steve Evans has done a great job with them. He has got them organised and hard to beat. They are a threat at set-plays, which we knew.
“I thought we defended well and kept a clean sheet.
“We will win games because we have that quality and I liked it because we had composure and had to have patience.
“We said to the players, the game is 95 minutes long, keep your patience and keep knocking at the door because we have the quality to win games, which we did in the end.
“We actually started the game so well.
“The first 20 to 25 minutes we were excellent but then we got a little frustrated, we lost our patience and I thought it was heading for a draw.”
Carlisle should offer less resistance on Monday night as Graham Kavanagh looks to bed down a new crop of players following United’s relegation from League One last season.
Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at home to Luton was galling considering the Carlisle fans turned out in force to support their team and the manager is hoping for an improved performance against higher quality opposition.
BETTING TIP: Derby County to win @ 4/5 with bet365