Defender Greg Cunningham admitted the changing room was a sombre one after today’s tough defeat but backed the club to bounce back and finish the season strongly.
Cunningham, who came back into the side for Josh Earl this afternoon was a disappointed figure himself when he spoke to iFollowPNE post-match with Tom Lawrence’s effort early in the second half giving the Rams the spoils this afternoon, and backed the side to overcome the defeats of the last two games.
Cunningham said: “When you’re winning and things are going well for you, confidence is flying, but you’re truly tested when your luck is out. It’s disappointing and all of the boys are gutted in there but we’ll go away, dust ourselves off and we’ll come back fighting at the weekend.
“There’s six games to play for and we’ll give it everything we can. It’s a rollercoaster of a game and there’s plenty of ups and downs. We’ve been punished the last couple of games and we need make sure we reassess it and go again at the weekend.
"After the Sheffield Wednesday game and all of the other results around us, things couldn’t have got better for us, so we got lucky but it’s down to us and we have to win our games and not look elsewhere.
"We have to get lucky with the teams around us but we’ll give everything we have, there’s six games to go and we’ll look to bounce back at the weekend.”
North End were by far the better side in terms of chances created, with 19 shots compared to Derby’s two adding to the frustration and disappointment for Cunningham after the game.
“We dominated the game but didn’t finish our chances and got punished for it,” said Greg after the game.
“They came and set up to frustrate us and ended up nicking a goal from a set play, other than that I can’t think of much else they had.
"If you don’t finish your chances you’re going to get punished. It happened againt Sheffield Wednesday and it happened today so we’re disappointed to say the least.”
Watch the full post-match interview with Greg on iFollow PNE now.