Clough upbeat despite defeat
Derby manager Nigel Clough was encouraged by his sides performance against Cardiff despite losing 2-0 against the play-off hopefuls in the Welsh capital.
The Rams controlled much of the match but failed to convert any of their numerous chances.
Joe Mason gave the Bluebirds a 24th-minute lead before Mark Hudson sealed the points for the hosts with an astonishing effort from well inside his own half just after the hour mark.
"I've said we need to be more clinical and this game demonstrated that more than ever," said Clough. "To control the game as we did and control it with some exceptionally good play at times, we can take so much encouragement. If we can get somebody to put the ball in the net, who knows where we can go?"
Signing such a player tops Clough's list of priorities in the summer.
"There is not too much wrong in the back four or midfield. We had enough chances - Paul Green could have had a hat-trick," Clough added. "We just need somebody to get us the goals. It might be a midfielder but predominantly it has to come from the strikers."