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Kevin Phillips delivers verdict on Derby County’s position as pressure on Phillip Cocu grows – Derbyshire Live

Kevin Phillips delivers verdict on Derby County’s position as pressure on Phillip Cocu grows – Derbyshire Live

Former Derby County coach Kevin Phillips has delivered an honest assessment of the position the club find themselves in after defeat against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

The loss leaves Derby at the bottom of the Championship table, having picked up just six points in their opening eleven games of the campaign.

The Rams have won just one of the games and drawn three others.

Derby fell to a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley thanks to goals from Conor Chaplin and Victor Adeboyejo either side of half-time.

It means that manager Phillip Cocu, who missed the game due to self-isolation, is under increasing pressure at Pride Park.

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And Phillips says that, even with the proposed takeover, things are not looking good for the Rams.

“I’ve worked there and the expectation at Derby is huge,” he told Quest .

“We got back to back playoffs, it wasn’t that long ago was it that they were in the playoff final, and now to be sat at the bottom of the Championship with the stats going against them.

“They haven’t won at home all season, they’ve scored one goal, conceded 16 goals, it just gets worse and worse. Of course with the proposed takeover as well, there’s that added pressure, so there’s lots going against Derby at the moment.”

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Goalkeeper David Marshall has been one of the most impressive performers since joining Derby in the summer, but the Scotland international was at fault for the first goal, gifting the ball straight to the attacker to put into an empty net.

But Phillips says that it is sometimes the way things go when teams are in a poor run of form

“Goalkeepers make mistakes, of course, and unfortunately when you’re at the bottom of the league, and I’ve been there, you don’t get the rub of the green,” he said.

“This is just a poor decision, and here, only David Marshall can explain what he was doing, it should have been simple for him but these things happen when you’re at the bottom of the league.”

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