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LEDLEY'S DERBY VERDICT

Posted on 31 October 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King reacted to his Derby goal by claiming he did the easy bit and insisting he should score more.

Ledley King reacted to his Derby goal by claiming he did the easy bit and insisting he should score more.

The skipper is right that his 17th minute headed goal was sweet in its simplicity - a measured free-kick centre from Michael Carrick and a majestic rise and nod from himself - but probably a bit modest in not mentioning the timing of run, evasion of marker and precision finish.

"It was a great feeling and I should score more goals," he reasoned. "It was a good ball from Michael and I didn't really have to do too much - just get my head up there and meet it."

Any lingering elation over his second goal of the season was tempered for Ledley by the blow of conceding a leveller 14 minutes from time when a first Derby win in six years was beginning to look a real possibility.

"Being 1-0 up at home against a team like Arsenal we are disappointed to concede," he added. "We felt we could have killed the game off in the first half and that makes it more disappointing.

Last year was quite similar in the first half and we played really well, but they scored before half-time and it was a different game in the second half

This time, even though we were a goal up, the second half was a completely different ball game. We didn't really get control and they put us under a lot of pressure.

"It was very hectic game and there was a lot of hard work done which probably took its toll on us in the second half.

"We were so much on top that a second goal would have killed it. At 1-0 they were still in the game and it has happened to us this season where we have managed to dig ourselves out. We knew they were still in it but we are very disappointed to have conceded."

With two points gathered from our last two outings against Manchester United and Arsenal and the feeling that more could have been taken from both games, Ledley feels it is a sign of the team's development that they are more than holding their own against the most successful sides of the last decade.

"I think we have made some progress from last season and learned from mistakes. We've got a young squad that is growing together and maturing, but we have still got some way to go. We are definitely improving though."