Jagielka: “We were good as a unit” – Blog
Defender Phil Jagielka was happy to end another tough week with all three points as County Derby beat Blackpool 1-0 at Pride Park Stadium.
Luke Plange scored the only goal of the game on his full debut six minutes into the second half to ensure the valuable three points remain in the East Midlands.
The result takes the Rams to four points for the campaign, and the victory was all the more impressive after facing a tough few days before the game.
Derby was without a number of players for the game as they must self-isolate under the strict guidelines of the COVID-19 protocol.
The Rams worked hard for their three points on a rainy afternoon at Pride Park and Jagielka was happy to end the week on a positive note.
“I don’t think Ryan Allsop in goal had too much to do today so defensively I think we were good as a unit. “ he said RamsTV. “As a team, however, I think we could have played a little better.
“Looking at the week we’ve had, maybe it’s a bit hard on ourselves. The manager had to try to change the roster just to accommodate as many senior players as possible because people are falling like flies.
“It was difficult but, again, it shows the cohesion of the team.
“The young guys have been in and around us since preseason, dipping their toes in and out of the squad, and that’s good when they come in, they can make a difference.
“We are coming to training and it has been like a sleight of hand! You see cars coming in and going straight away.
“The manager didn’t know who he could call on. Thursday we were playing 4-4-2 and Friday we went 3-5-2, but that’s how it is.
“The guys who stay there weren’t a lot of numbers but we had enough to put a team there and even the guys are coming in, they’re going to have to grow up pretty fast and take a chance.”
Plange’s goal was a typical attacker’s finish as he played at the back post after Kamil Jozwiak’s effort was knocked down on the post by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.
Jagielka has been impressed with the forward’s contribution and believes it is now up to him to work hard and keep his place in the squad.
“If the club weren’t in the situation they were in, they would have been listed and allowed to play or be on the bench and feature earlier.” he said.
“I’m not 100% sure why he couldn’t be with us, I know the club had to request a special waiver before the Bristol City game so I’m sure it was difficult for them .
“It’s a crazy situation, but I guess everyone who has played today will go to Cardiff next week and we will try to get a result.”
And the 39-year-old knows the Rams need to set small goals for themselves and take every game as it comes.
“We won today and we know we need to hit double the numbers as quickly as possible” he admitted.
“In order for us to put pressure on the teams above us, we know we have to be in double digits and crack. It’s not going to be easy because it’s a tough championship, it’s possible but it’s going to be tough.
“We are what we are and we will be happy to show up for training next week and continue.”