Managers quotes after Derby draw

Last updated : 09 February 2004 By Michael Morris

Lennie Lawrence

"It was a real dagger to the heart," Lennie said of the last goal conceded. "If we miss out on the play-offs by four or five points we will look back on this day and rue what happened.

"Our passing and creativity was the best it's been for along time.

"We should have won easily but we will stay floating around the middle of the table unless we become more ruthless."

"It's very disappointing that we didn't get the three points, I thought Derby had their moments but we had more opportunities to make it three but we failed to put the game beyond Derby's reach and we paid the price.

"Between the penalty areas we were very good but we didn't convert our chances and at the end of the day a fellow pops up on the corner of our six-yard box when we were 2-1 up."

George Burley

"It was pleasing to score us a late goal to earn us a point because it was a game where there were chances for both sides.

"Cardiff scored two goals in a minute and that turned the game around. It was a bit of a topsy turvy game. They could have buried us because they had two or three opportunities after their second goal.

"Leon Osman man worked hard up front today and when we put him on the left he created more. Already he could have scored three or four goals for us - he's a great little player.

"His goal came after we changed things around, pushing more people forward. Izale gave us more pace up front and I told Richard jackson to push on and his cross got us the equaliser. We had to take gambles."