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Steve McClaren plans to keep changes to a minimum for Derby County's match

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

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Steve McClaren, Derby County’s head coach, wants to avoid making changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup first-round tie against Carlisle United, if at all possible.

The Rams are in action again a little over 48 hours after their victory over Rotherham United in Saturday’s Championship opener.

League Two club Carlisle provide the opposition at Brunton Park and McClaren said: “We don’t really want to make changes. We want to take the cup seriously, we want to go there and win the game.

“We have one or two little niggles, so we will see.”

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One of the doubts is midfielder Will Hughes.

A neck injury forced him off after 54 minutes of the Rotherham game.

“He’s got a bad neck and did well to carry on,” said McClaren.

“He is often a pain in the neck and he really was this time but I thought he was excellent while he was one the pitch.

“When we go over the game with the players, we do a section on duels and winning your tackles and he will be the feature of it. He made some crunching tackles and great interceptions.

“It was a pity we lost him because he was controlling the game.

“The position in front of the back four is very important and Will did the defensive part of it very well.

“The back six got us the win – Lee Grant, the back four and Will Hughes in front of them. The clean sheet won us the game.”

Derby’s new loan signing from Real Madrid, Omar Mascarell, made his debut when he replaced Hughes.

“You can see Omar has that range of pass but a little like everyone else, he was a bit rusty. He has not quite got that range at present but he remained disciplined in there,” added McClaren.

Carlisle opened their League Two season with a 1-0 home defeat by Luton Town

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