The Football League Paper - - NEIL MELLOR -

AF­TER al­most six months on the side­lines with in­jury, Zak Whit­bread ad­mits he was de­lighted to mark his re­turn with a win and a clean sheet.

Whit­bread helped Derby to a 4-0 victory over rel­e­gated Black­pool on Tues­day night.

The for­mer Liver­pool youth prod­uct had not started a first-team match for the Rams since Oc­to­ber, hav­ing been side­lined by a ham­string prob­lem.

The 31-year-old cen­tre­back said:“It was a good per­for­mance from the lads and, on a per­sonal note, I was happy to be named in the team and for it to go well.

“It was im­por­tant for us to keep a clean sheet.We kept each other on our toes.”

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