Central defender Matt Clarke was left frustrated following Derby County's 2-0 defeat against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

The 22-year-old felt the Rams dominated for large parts and got into some good attacking areas but two second half goals condemned Derby to defeat.

Jarrod Bowen scored both and speaking after the game, Clarke could not hide his disappointment at the result.

“I don’t think we can feel too sorry for ourselves,” he told RamsTV. “We got beat 2-0 but there were large periods of the game where we were firmly in control.

“At Charlton last weekend, when we lost 3-0, we struggled to get into any good areas and it was frustrating.

“We weren’t winning any second balls and it wasn’t a good performance, whereas today there are positives to take but ultimately it is another defeat and we need to put it right.”

The biggest talking point of the game was the referee’s decision to rule out Tom Lawrence’s goal on 56 minutes and Clarke gave his view of the situation.

“Tom said the ball came off his shoulder and I don’t think the referee saw that,” he said. “I don’t know what he pulled it up for but it’s just one of those things that didn’t go for us today.

“Goals change games. It was 0-0 at that point so if we go 1-0 up then it’s a different game but you can’t dwell on the ifs and what ifs, the bottom line is we lost 2-0.”

The defeat was only the Rams’ fourth of the season in the Sky Bet Championship and their second in seven games.

Whilst the result was disappointing, Clarke admitted: “You can’t get too down when you lose a game.

“We won on Wednesday against Wigan and we didn't start jumping around and think we’ve cracked it.

“The game against Middlesbrough next Saturday will come around and hopefully we can get a more positive result than we did today.”