Burley - no extra satisfaction in win

FORMER Blues boss George Burley insisted he took no extra satisfaction from winning his first three points of the season just because it was Ipswich Town, writes Derek Davis.

FORMER Blues boss George Burley insisted he took no extra satisfaction from winning his first three points of the season just because it was Ipswich Town, writes Derek Davis.

After playing well and losing against Leeds United and Leicester City, Derby deserved their 3-2 win over his old club, especially after being 2-1 down at half-time.

Burley said: "In the two previous games I was pleased with the performance but against Ipswich it could have gone against us. I'm delighted with the three points but it is just another game and just another win.

"It was important that we won and it didn't matter who it was against.


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"Of course Ipswich will always be special to me because I was there for 22 years but I'm the Derby County manager now and the only thing that is important now is being a winner for this club."

Burley admitted being a little concerned after seeing Marco Reich's opener for Derby overhauled through a penalty when Nathan Doyle fouled Ian Westlake, and the same defender, on his full home debut, gave away the back-pass which led to Dean Bowditch scoring.

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He said: "We had 10 mad minutes after scoring the goal. The penalty was dubious and then Nathan Doyle, who's only 17, made a mistake. But he has showed some courage. A lot of youngsters would have folded after that, but he hasn't.

"It's always a relief to pick up points because if you keep playing well and get beaten, it affects the confidence, so you need to win games."

Burley was rewarded with two goals from German midfielder Marco Reich, who had been substituted in Wednesday night's east midlands derby against Leicester.

Burley kept faith with Reich although he admitted: "It was a close decision. I wanted to play with two wide men and Marco had done very well."

Burley was also delighted with the performance of his three new signings – striker Tommy Smith and midfielders Morten Bisgaard and Inigo Idiakez.

He added: "They all did well. Tommy needs a goal, but I thought he was outstanding and I don't know where Morton gets his energy from.

"Inigo is quality in the Jim Magilton mould and when he took the free-kick, I expected him to score because I have seen him do that nine times out of 10 in training."

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