Club captain Paul Thirlwell with Derby match reactionClub captain Paul Thirlwell gave us his reaction to the Capital One Cup game against Derby County.
"It was a tough test," he said. "Derby are a good side and I'm sure they'll be right up there this season when it comes to promotion. I thought all of the lads were magnificent because we pushed them all the way.
"They obviously got a second goal late on, when we were pushing on, but to a man everybody was absolutely outstanding. You have to hold your hands up and say they were better players than us on paper, but we set up to try and stop them playing.
"We looked to nick the ball off them and catch them on the counter attack, and we did that in the first half. We didn't manage to carve out any clear cut chances in the first half but I think they probably only had one or two."
"We played with a real intensity in the first half which the fans responded to," he added. "At the end of the game the lads got a standing ovation and I think that tells you all you need to know about the night's work."
"It's a few years since I was at Derby but it's always nice to play against an old team," he confirmed. "I think we all just wanted to go out there and give the fans something to cheer about. It would have been nice for Dave's shot to go in, so Derby had to come at us, because we had dealt with them reasonably well until that point.
"We took a bit of criticism for our first half performance on Saturday, and rightly so, but we came out in the second half and put a really positive performance in. We can talk about how we want to play pretty football as much as we want but we have to start games like we did tonight and not how we did on Saturday.
"There are a lot of positives to take from the game," he concluded. "The young lads all performed well and Mark Gillespie has walked back into the dressing room with a bottle of champagne.