Reich admits his good fortune

MARCO Reich confessed there was more than a touch of good fortune about his match-winner for Derby County, writes Derek Davis.And 17-year-old Nathan Doyle has revealed how George Burley has helped him break into the first-team squad.

MARCO Reich confessed there was more than a touch of good fortune about his match-winner for Derby County, writes Derek Davis.

And 17-year-old Nathan Doyle has revealed how George Burley has helped him break into the first-team squad.

Doyle said: "The manager tells me to go and enjoy my football first and foremost and the rest will come. He has been brilliant with me and I've enjoyed working with him, although he was a full back himself so he soon lets you know when you have not done something.

"At the same time he is encouraging to me and all the other young lads."


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Doyle, who was making his full home debut for Derby, conceded the penalty from which Tommy Miller equalised and then played a poor back-pass to allow Dean Bowditch to put the Blues ahead.

Doyle was not impressed with the way Ian Westlake tumbled after contact was made for the spot kick.

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He said: "He went down a bit too easy but that is one of those things.

"As for the back-pass, I didn't get a call so I wasn't sure whether to play it or hoof it into the stands, in hindsight I should have hoofed it away."

A free kick from Inigo Idiakez and a winner from Reich spared his blushes and Doyle was grateful for all the help he was given.

He said: "I was gutted by the mistake and I was pleased the lads helped me out with the goals but I have to learn from my mistakes."

Reich headed Derby into a first-half lead and then popped up with a winner but admits he scuffed the effort.

He said: "The defender didn't head it clear and I was able to get to the ball. I went to shoot for the far post but I didn't hit it right and it went through the defender's legs so the goalkeeper was caught out.

"It doesn't matter tough, the important thing is winning and that is what we did."

German international Reich, who signed last season from FC Kaiserslautern, was not expected to start after the defensive side of his game was criticised. After scoring twice he was substituted by Adam Bolder who is a more defence-minded midfielder.

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