Cocu hails resilient Derby after apology to supporters
Derby County manager Phillip Cocu admitted there was more at stake than just a game of football after his team ended a turbulent week with a 3-2 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.
Cocu and Derby owner Mel Morris spoke to fans before the game to apologise for the incident in which Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett were charged with drink-driving and captain Richard Keogh suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Cocu said: “It was very positive and it shows the affection and importance of Derby County for Mel, the owner. He realises and knows how important the relationship of the fans is to the club. There was a little bit more at stake today than just a game of football.
“It’s a tough week but it’s more important how we deal with it as a club and for my part as a manager.”
West Bromwich Albion are top of the Championship after a 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers, described by manager Slaven Bilic as their best performance of the season.
Albion extended their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign with goals from Nathan Ferguson and Matheus Pereira.
Bilic said: “Straight from the start, we were on the front foot. I thought we were very, very, very good.”
Albion’s next opponents, tomorrow, are Leeds United, who are fourth, two points behind, after losing 1-0 at Charlton Athletic.