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Derby County boss Paul Clement leaps to defend Chris Baird

By Stuart McKinley

Chris Baird has been defended by his club manager after fans cheered when he was substituted at the weekend.

Derby County boss Paul Clement accused supporters of having short memories, with the incident coming just two weeks after the Northern Ireland international, who is suspended for next week's Euro 2016 clash against Greece, was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury during a match with Preston.

Fans also criticised Baird on social media, but Clement still has faith in his captain.

"Chris came in for a little bit of criticism and I thought it was a little bit unfair because you don't have to go back too far to the Preston game," said Clement.

"It was in the dying moments of that game he showed his positioning and his bravery in the way he attacked that ball. Chris really put himself on the line in that situation.

"Three points were ours, he went off to hospital, he could not train for the next four or five days and missed matches.

"Then he comes back against MK Dons, probably less than 100 per cent, but those kind of things are easily forgotten - but I don't forget them. So far, Chris has been a great addition to the team and as captain as well.

"I have a lot of confidence in him."

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