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Derby boss Nigel Clough lines up more new recruits

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough is targeting two new strikers

Derby County boss Nigel Clough is eager to bolster his attacking options after a 0-0 draw at struggling Scunthorpe.

Play-off chasing Hull travel to Pride Park on Tuesday, and Clough would like more firepower in place by then.

He said: "We are engaged in talks with Preston to bring striker Paul Hayes in on loan. Hopefully those negotiations can be completed in time for Tuesday.

"We're also talking to another striker, so maybe we can push the boat out and bring in two."

Against Scunthorpe, Clough handed full debuts to striker Jamie Ward and defender Daniel Ayala, on loan from Sheffield United and Liverpool, respectively.

But the newcomers were powerless to prevent the Rams extending their winless league run to seven games.

Though happy with a second successive away point following the recent 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, Clough is mindful of the need to stretch the seven-point gap between his 18th-placed side and the Championship drop zone.

He added: "I have been pleased with the last two away performances.

"I thought you could see here at Scunthorpe today signs that we are beginning to turn the corner.

"Both teams like to get the ball down and play but struggle to do that.

"What we didn't get was the break we needed to try and get ourselves out of this run. "

Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough felt his side were denied victory by two key offside decisions.

"I have seen the DVD and both were perfectly good goals that should have been allowed to stand," he said.

Baraclough was happier, however, with the performance of his team.

He said: "That's two clean sheets on the trot we have kept and I really feel we are now moving in the right direction.

"We might still be second bottom of the table, but it does not feel like that.

"There is a spirit and a buzz in the dressing room that the new players have brought.

"They are playing for each other, nobody wants to be left out of the team and I think our performances are beginning to get better and better."

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see also
Scunthorpe United 0-0 Derby
19 Feb 11 |  Championship
Derby sign Blades' Ward on loan
17 Feb 11 |  Derby
Ayala moves to Derby in loan deal
11 Feb 11 |  Derby

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