Steve McClaren praises "devastating" Derby County after triumph at Fulham

Derby County's English manager Steve McClaren stands on the sideline during the English Championship Play Off final football match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium in London on May 24, 2014
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Steve McClaren pays tribute to his Derby County players for the "devastating" spell which carried them past Fulham on Tuesday.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has lavished his players with praise following the 5-2 victory over Fulham in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Rams fell behind to a Moussa Dembele brace at Craven Cottage, but secured their place quarter-finals with five goals in a 20-minute spell either side of the break to the delight of their manager.

"The goal just before half-time gave us a lifeline, and at half-time the players wanted to do something about it," McClaren told reporters.

"The second half was more like us, we showed good character and played some good football. It was a devastating period."

Derby will now turn their focus to Saturday's Championship clash with Brentford.

John Russell of Derby County celebrates his goal during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Fulham Derby County at Craven Cottage on October 28, 2014
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