Phillip Cocu turns to plan B as Derby beat Scunthorpe


Derby boss Phillip Cocu hailed his side’s perseverance as they overcame a stubborn Scunthorpe side 1-0 to advance to the second round of the Carabao Cup. The Dutchman made 11 changes from the weekend draw with Swansea, handing debuts to four players, and the Rams needed a stunning 78th-minute strike from teenager Lee Buchanan to seal a meeting with east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in the next round. “This what cups are about – you have to win. I’m happy we did it within the 90 minutes,” Cocu said. “We struggled a bit in the beginning and I was not so happy with how we were positioned on the pitch. “We couldn’t play the game we like to play so after about 25 minutes I changed a few positions and I think it worked better. “From then on we were more dominant and were creating chances on goal. “You have to try to find a way to win every game and you can’t always do that the way you want to do it – sometimes you have to adjust. The players did well today and we deserved to win.” Scunthorpe were the better side for the opening half an hour, after which the Rams dominated possession. Just after the restart, in a manic few moments, only a strong hand from Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer kept out Adam Hammill’s deflected strike, while Jamie Paterson was denied by Scunthorpe’s Rory Watson after seizing on an under-hit backpass. Yet just when it began to look like the Iron’s resolve might be enough to take the contest to penalties, 18-year-old Buchanan drove into the penalty area from the left and fired high into the far corner on debut. For Scunthorpe boss Paul Hurst, whose side are bottom of the Football League following a 4-1 defeat at Cheltenham on Saturday, there were positives in defeat. He said: “I don’t like losing any games but there are ways to lose. “Tonight I felt like we had a real go through some adversity – like not having a centre-forward on the pitch when Lee Novak went off after 25 minutes. “There were lots of positives for us – we were more organised and gave a couple of lads debuts. “We couldn’t get a goal to take it to penalties but I’m much happier and that was much closer to the work-rate standards we expect moving forward. “Derby had a lot of the ball and we had to keep our shape and be disciplined. If that’s a reaction (to the weekend), great, but really that’s what I expect – what any manager would expect.” Topics Derby, Scunthorpe, Paul Hurst, Phillip Cocu, League Cup, Derby, Scunthorpe The lowdown on new Derby boss Phillip Cocu Lee Buchanan sends Derby through on debut Cocu on the brink of replacing Lampard as Derby manager Cocu is new Derby manager on four-year deal Lee Johnson fumes at ‘joke’ penalty decision as Bristol City suffer early exit Pressley purring after ‘amazing’ win Siewert defiant despite Carabao Cup exit Tom’s the toast of his team-mates after breaking his Millwall duck Tony Mowbray frustrated with Blackburn display despite late turnaround Neymar has chosen his preferred destination between Barcelona and Real Madrid – but it’s not that simple Jurgen Klopp decided to take a massive gamble in the transfer window – here’s why Juventus have made contact with Christian Eriksen – but there’s some good news for Tottenham The real ‘anti-Guardiola’? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reaping the rewards of Manchester United’s counter-attack 7 players who were persistently linked with Premier League moves… but never came

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