Apr 18, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at ​The Keepmoat Stadium
DoncasterDoncaster Rovers
0-2
DerbyDerby County

Quinn (64'), de Val (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Thorne (45'), Martin (79')
Bryson (19'), Martin (70')

Derby County's Steve McClaren concedes defeat to Burnley in automatic promotion race

Manager of Derby County Steve McClaren looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on October 05, 2013
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Derby County boss Steve McClaren is convinced that rivals Burnley will achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.

Derby County boss Steve McClaren is convinced that rivals Burnley will achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.

Both sides recorded away wins on Friday, leaving them second and third respectively in the Championship table with three games left to play.

Burnley, who won 1-0 at Blackpool, are eight points clear of Derby, who beat Doncaster Rovers 2-0.

Speaking after overseeing the Rams' victory at the Keepmoat Stadium, McClaren told reporters: "It's too little, too late [for us].

"They are going to go up. I can't see them falling over now. Getting over the line is hard, but I can't see it."

On his side's display, he added: "It's about performance and we were bitterly disappointed with the first-half performance.

"The second half was better but we can't play like that in the first half, better teams will kill us. We have to do better."

Derby can finish no lower than fifth this season, meaning that an appearance in the playoffs is guaranteed should they fail to overhaul Burnley.

Manager of Derby County Steve McClaren looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on October 05, 2013
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