Derby County manager Nigel Pearson admitted that his side lacked responsibility, but stopped short of calling his side complacent in their 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion.Pearson has endured a frustrating start to his time as Derby manager, with his side picking up just one win in their opening five games and they were handed a further blow as The Brewers overcame The Rams in what was the first ever league meeting between the local rivals.
The former Leicester boss said that he was not happy with his side’s mentality and that they needed to find more consistency if they are to turn their bad run around.
“What I saw tonight was, I suppose, a collective, and at times individual, lack of responsibility.
I don’t want to be looking for a reaction, I want us to be taking the lead in games and we haven’t done that so far, too often, so that is something that we need to work at.”
Derby go into the international break in the bottom half of the table, having scored just once in their first five Championship fixture, Burton, however, head into the break in much higher spirits having not lost in three league games, scoring six goals in that time, Derby boss Pearson doesn’t welcome the break.
“International breaks are what they are, in our situation you lose a number of players, so the work you do with the players left behind is just the work you do with the players left behind, some of them will need some physical work, and some will work on other aspects of their game.
“You hope that the players who are away come back fit and well and looking forward to playing for their club again, that is what it is.”
Burton next face Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home, hoping to continue their fine league form while Derby face a tough test as they host Newcastle United after the international break.