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The Reaction: Derby County 1 Blues 1

Posted: Sat 26 Oct 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Blues boss Lee Clark and goalscorer Lee Novak react to the 1-1 draw with Derby County at Pride Park.

Blues boss Lee Clark on his side bouncing back from last weekend's defeat...

"This result shows me that my squad have taken everything on board. It was a tough couple of days after Leeds because nobody wants to play like that, especially in front of a big audience on live television.  I think we've given a very spirited and dogged performance today with lots of quality in there as well.

"We've come here against a team on a real high and who are playing with lots of confidence. We're delighted and we could have nicked it as well as we had one or two opportunities, they probably might think the same as well. 

"It's a point on the board and it has stopped the rot in terms of losing on the road. It means we can look forward to a tough but exciting cup tie on Tuesday and then a big home game against Charlton."

Clark on his side's equaliser...

"It was a terrific finish. You saw the reaction to his goal from the rest of the players, we're delighted for him because he's one of those players who does a lot of unseen work and he has a terrific attitude and is a great trainer. 

"For his first touch, he finished it magnificently and to hit it so sweetly is very nice. I'm delighted for Lee but, most importantly, it has helped the team and the group get something from the game which they've deserved."

Striker Lee Novak on the overall result and his goal...

"It's a massive point. Not many teams will come here and get a positive result but we played well and could have nicked all three points as well.

"(After the Leeds United result) everyone was disappointed at the start of the week but we had to put that result behind us. We did a lot of work on how Derby play and what we wanted to do and luckily it worked."

"It was my first touch. Caddy's knocked it back in the area and I knew straight away that I wanted to hit it first time and luckily for me it flew in. I'm just glad that it went in and I helped the team get a point."

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