• DerbyshireFootball

Cocu slams 'unacceptable' Rams display after Rovers loss

Philip Cocu says his Derby County side's display in the 4-0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers was 'unacceptable' - as the Rams continued their poor start to the campaign.

Three goals in four minutes - two from ex-Ram Bradley Johnson - put Rovers out of sight inside the first quarter-of-an-hour, a fourth goal from Adam Armstrong late on sealing the points.

And Cocu was left questioning his players' fight as they still seek their first league win of the season.

He told RamsTV: "It was unacceptable, especially the first-half.

Phillip Cocu was disappointed with his team's display. Photo: Kristen Goodall

“We were better with our attitude and created more opportunities in the second half, but I always think there is a link why you don’t score and concede a lot.

“The link, for me, is the way we go into the game and what we are willing to deliver. We talked last season on a few occasions about our attitude and our core values and what we stand for.

“I told the players afterwards that we know in every game we need to put up a fight, show desire to defend, win personal battles and for the team to have a lot of energy.

“We can’t just rely on nice combinations; you need to do both and I can’t accept it. Three goals in five minutes is unbelievable.”

Cocu, who takes his side to Norwich City next weekend (October 3), was particularly disappointed with the catastrophic collapse that saw Rovers take control.

He added: "We played out from the back a few times well early on and got into good positions.

“There were two opportunities, but then we conceded a goal and that happens in football.

“We always say ‘stay in the game’. It is one goal, if it stays 1-0 then you still can go on and win the game. But if you concede three and four; you cannot win..

“It is not only the disappointment of the lack of passion and intensity but conceding three goals in five minutes like we did. How difficult do you make it playing a game? We made it very difficult for ourselves.”