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KRIS Commons' struggle for form this season is partly down to him playing catch-up after missing much of Derby County's pre-season, according to manager Nigel Clough.

Hamstring trouble saw Commons miss virtually all of the preparations for the new campaign.

The Scottish international made appearances as a substitute in just two of the seven friendlies played by the first team.

He was not considered ready to start the first two Championships matches and has been in and out of the side since. His three starts came in the goalless draw at Blackpool and the defeats by Nottingham Forest and Barnsley.

A difficult afternoon for him at Forest ended when he was taken off at half-time after two mistakes had played a big part in the Reds storming into a 3-0 lead at the interval.

Clough is looking for more consistency from Commons and feels missing pre-season is a reason for the player's below-par performances.

"Certainly, not having a pre-season does not help any player. It is a vital part of the preparation for the season and it takes an awful lot of catching up if you miss out," said Clough.

"Kris got injured early on and missed most of the leg work we did and a few of the matches as well. So he is playing catch-up."

Derby have suffered four consecutive League defeats and Commons was carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages of Saturday's game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

"When the team is not winning games, to get a player like Kris in the side – who, by his own admission, has not got going this season – can be difficult," said Clough.

"He has had chances at Blackpool, Forest and Barnsley when he has started games but he has not created too much for us."

Commons admitted in the summer that he needed to find more consistency.

"I think what people say about me is that I can turn it on one week and the next week, you don't know what you're going to get from me," he said at the time.

"Consistency is something Kris has to work at," said Clough.

"But it is very difficult when you are that sort of player and trying to create things all the time. You are not going to do it week in, week out.

"So you say, 'OK, when it is not working for me, what else can I contribute to the team?'

"That is the thing with players like that. You can carry them in a successful, confident team but, occasionally, when the team is struggling, we might need 11 out there who might not be able to give us what Kris can but you know what they are going to give us.

"That is the situation we are in at the moment."

Commons is having treatment this week on the calf injury he picked up at Palace and Derby are hoping he can train in the next day or so.


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Originally posted by trigger;34456

feck orff back to forest you fat overweight red scum bathtub!

give the shirt to SOMEONE who wants it!

its about time this jock wannabe was shown the door ,

useless for 95% of the time , give it to someone who will try!:mad:

Feckk orrf trigger, gi' im a chance to prove his worth.

And tbh if he gets more slatings from NC, he will out the door next transfer window.

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thats just my own honest opinion of him , not every one is going to think the same,

i mean , he takes his $ week in and week out for doing what?

its fraud !

if i was the gaffer then im afraid he would be unemployed !

hard work and commitment bring results , you cant afford to carry anyone in this league (no pun intended on the fat cnuts weight there either)

lets hope trig is proved wrong, but somehow i doubt it!:mad:

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