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Gary Rowett: 'Derby County side made too many wrong decisions'

Rowett: 'Derby side made wrong decisions'
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Manager Gary Rowett says that his side made 'too many wrong decisions' during their 2-0 defeat to Fulham in the second leg of their Championship playoff tie.

Manager Gary Rowett has said that Derby County 'lacked composure' during the 2-0 defeat to Fulham in the second leg of their Championship playoff tie.

Derby had held a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, but goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi proved enough for Fulham to progress through to the final.

Rowett has acknowledged that the Cottagers were the better team on Monday night, but has blamed the defeat on making too many mistakes all over the pitch.

The 44-year-old told Sky Sports News: "For some reason tonight, we made lots and lots of wrong decisions. I've got to hand it to Fulham but at the end of the day, they've outplayed us. It's a second leg and they've more than deserved to go through.

"Our disappointment is that we've got lots of players in there who've played in these types of games before, but yet in some ways, we've looked the more inexperienced team in the way we moved the ball. But that's what these games do, they test you and you've got to show nerves of steel.

"They were two very, very poor goals for us to give away. We didn't make those mistakes in the first leg; we were very defensively concentrated in the first leg. We didn't do the same in the second leg but did but I think our composure let us down tonight."

Either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough will face Fulham in the final later this month.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich21134438241443
2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham CityBirmingham217953025530
10Stoke CityStoke217952725230
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn217952731-430
12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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