The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

STEVE McClaren is renowned for his 4-3-3 for­ma­tion since re­turn­ing to Derby but he’s ex­cited by a re­cent switch to 4-2-3-1.

McClaren has ex­per­i­mented with the new style, em­ploy­ing it in last week­end’s 2-1 win over Barns­ley and the mid­week draw against Pre­ston, and is pleased with the re­sults.

“The big dif­fer­ence we have no­ticed is that we are get­ting crosses into the box and we are get­ting about three or four bod­ies in the box,” he said.

“We still have to put the ball in the net but it gives us more op­por­tu­ni­ties to do that. We have also con­trolled the games quite well.”

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