REACTION/HIGHLIGHTS: Cocu frustrated as Rams suffer another loss
Phillip Cocu felt his side deserved more from their trip to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night as once again the Rams were beaten by a single goal.
Similarly to the loss to Watford last Friday, the Rams impressed in spells but couldn't find the crucial goal, instead losing to Leandro Bacuna's early second-half strike.
And Cocu feels it is typical of how the season is going so far that his team couldn't find the cutting edge.
He told RamsTV: "I think in the first-half we played brilliant, really good. The only thing missing was a goal, which I think is absolutely what we deserved in that first-half. There was great intensity, great press, great combination play.
“Sometimes when you are in a tough situation like we are those key moments are not coming our way.
“They are decisive moments because in the second-half after a good start when we conceded, we continued to work really hard but we got hasty, made sloppy mistakes, gave away too many fouls, had no rhythm in the game.
“After that, it is so much more difficult to get a goal. We got close in the end with Matt Clarke hitting the post, but it just the situation we are I think a draw would be a good result. I think we deserved at least a point. It is frustrating for everybody.”
Nevertheless, Cocu believes there were still positives to be taken from the game as the Rams prepare to travel to arch rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
He said: "You have to take the positives after tonight.
“Tom Lawrence played 60 minutes; you saw just before he got taken off the energy was running out which is normal.
“Martyn Waghorn came on, Colin Kazim-Richards played a few minutes too and both of those are a boost. Kamil Jozwiak came back to give some more creativity.
“The team is getting stronger and stronger but mentally it is tough for the players because you need a result, and I think we deserved one as well.”
Defender Curtis Davies, meanwhile, was similarly disappointed with the final outcome.
He said: "“If anything, it was probably our best performance in terms of taking the game to another team.
“In the Watford game last Friday, we had a lot of the ball but in this game we drove forward, had a lot of final third entries and good control of the ball. But we didn’t quite get that little bit of quality at the end to get a goal.
"In the last three games we have conceded two and only scored one and that one was from a set-piece. It is important that as a group we are creating chances and getting on the end of them.
“It is a team effort and as a group we need to be creating more chances and giving ourselves the chance to go ahead in games and actually hold on to something.
“We have been solid, but if you’re not creating chances it is easy for the opposition too. It is frustrating because the way Huddersfield scored it was a breakaway from a press that we got wrong and it cost us."