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McClaren still wants second

Derby head coach Steve McClaren has not totally given up on chasing down Burnley for the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship.

Following Saturday's results, which saw Burnley beaten at home by Middlesbrough and Derby defeat Huddersfield at the iPro Stadium, the Rams are eight points behind the second-placed Clarets with four matches remaining.

The door has been left slightly ajar for McClaren's men and while the former England manager knows nerves can play a part in the end-of-season run-in, he knows his team must first do their bit to clinch a play-off spot.

"All I know is when you are going for championships or promotion, getting over the line is very difficult," McClaren told the Derby Telegraph.

"Burnley need two wins from four games. If we needed two wins from four games to be certain of the play-offs, you can get a little nervous.

"We can only go and try and win our games. We need to win the four.

"We have got a hard weekend coming up (Doncaster away, Barnsley home) and first we have to make sure we have got two feet in the play-offs.

"It is about focus now - keeping focused in training, keeping focused in games."