By Emma Sanders

Tom Ince has spoken out about the mentality of the team under former boss, Nigel Pearson and claims the team felt they should have played a different way to what the manager had asked.

Pearson was sacked at the end of last month as Derby found themselves in the relegation zone following a home defeat against Blackburn Rovers.

The Championship outfit have since been unbeaten in their last four matches under caretaker coach, Chris Powell and new boss Steve McClaren and Ince has claimed it’s because the team and the new manager now have the same understanding.

“Managers have different opinions and different views on the game, want to play different systems and different ways,” Ince told the Derby Telegraph.

“For us, we’ve always felt we were a 4-3-3 team and felt that we were an attacking, open team. When you’ve got managers who think differently, it’s not a case of that being right or wrong – it’s just something that the team needs time to adapt to.

“A lot of players are used to playing a certain way and when you are asked to change that, it doesn’t always click straight away. Then, all of a sudden, results don’t come and you start to question what’s going wrong.

“Now, it feels like the boss knows what to expect from this club and we know what the boss expects from us when we cross that white line.”

Ince’s comments suggest the instructions given by Pearson prior to his departure were unclear and it seems Derby have been revitalised since McClaren took over.

Pearson vowed to implement his own style on the Rams’ team in an attempt to guide the club back to the Premier League but it didn’t pay off.

McClaren has reverted back to the 4-3-3 formation he used so often during his time as Derby manager in the first of three spells.

20th-placed Derby travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday where they hope to remain unbeaten in their last five games.

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