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Mcclaren: Red card killed Derby's hopes

Derby manager Steve McClaren (above) was fuming at what he felt was a wrong decision by referee Jonathan Moss to eject his defender for pulling Loic Remy inside the box. PHOTO: REUTERS

Derby manager Steve McClaren. PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES / JOHN CLIFTON

Derby could have given Chelsea more of a scare if not for the sending off of Jake Buxton with 12 minutes left of their League Cup quarter-final clash yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Derby manager Steve McClaren was fuming at what he felt was a wrong decision by referee Jonathan Moss to eject his defender for pulling Loic Remy inside the box.

"Absolutely, I have seen it quite a few times and I don't think it would have been given in the middle of the park or anywhere else," said McClaren, who suggested he may appeal the red card.

"I have discussed it with (the assistant referee) and he gave what he saw and I believe it was wrong. There was a little tussle and we couldn't believe it when Buxton was sent off.

"It was a big surprise, a big decision - a poor decision - it might not have changed the result but robbed us of the last 15 minutes after the goal."

The Premier League leaders were leading 2-1 through goals from Eden Hazard and Filipe Luis but Craig Bryson pulled a goal back before the sending-off. Andre Schuerrle then scored an 82nd-minute goal to make it a comfortable night for Jose Mourinho's side.

But McClaren felt his team, third in the Championship, proved themselves.

"I was so proud of the players," he said. "I think you saw from the team they put out they had huge respect (for us). The last 15 minutes could have been very interesting." - PA Sport.