You need luck, Keane

Last updated : 24 February 2007 By Martyn Bowers

"I thought it was a close game, it could have gone either way. Both teams had chances, it was a great game for the neutral.

"We conceded a last-minute goal on Tuesday [at Birmingham] and it was nice to score so late in an entertaining game.

"Credit to Derby for coming here and having a go. Do I think we deserved it? It doesn't really matter what I think.

"Derby are a very good team. We controlled the first half but when we conceded they were putting us under a lot of pressure.

"Our lads dug deep and sometimes you need a little bit of luck, maybe we had that today.

"It was our first penalty in 63 years ... or games!

"Even if we had drawn I would have been proud of my players, I can't praise them enough, they were fantastic.

"You can only pick 11 players and have five on the bench, I had to leave a few out. Stokes had a full game the other night and we felt we'd rest him up and get him ready for next week.

"My gut feeling for certain games is to go a certain way and it means players are going to be disappointed.

"Barnes is a talented lad. If I'm being overcritical, I'd look at our defending; but you've got to give credit to the lad, it was a top goal.

"I still see Derby as favourites to go up. We're the fourth best team in the league at the moment because that's where we are in the table.

"We've beaten Derby twice this season and in both games against them we've had a bit of luck.

"If we had drawn today we would have slipped down the table to ninth, that's how tight it is - there are a few teams on good runs.

"We keep going, we've got a very difficult game again next Saturday but we've got a belief.

"I really enjoyed the game, even though there were concerns that we could have lost it. I just thought 'what will be, will be'.

"I felt that Grant and Murph would have an influence coming off the bench and they did."