David Lowe made history last night as he guided Derby County to victory over Manchester United, in the Carling Cup Semi-Final first leg.

The former Wigan and Ipswich player took charge of the Rams for just one night only, before Nigel Clough takes over the reins and things couldn't have gone much better for the Club's Head of Youth.

"I said to the players before the game that the only people who believe you can win are in this dressing room.

"It would have been nice to score more goals but we would have taken 1-0 at the start of game."

Kris Commons was the hero, as he netted the only goal of the game on 30 minutes. It could have been so much more convincing for the Rams, who had an excellent chance to double their lead through Rob Hulse.

United, who bought on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, to play alongside Carlos Tevez rarely troubled Roy Carroll in the Derby goal. Ronaldo going closest with a free kick that flew wide.

It may only be half time in the tie, with the second leg to come at Old Trafford in a fortnight's time but Sir Alex Ferguson knows his side will have to improve if they are to reach Wembley:

"We were lucky it was only one-nil. That's a real positive for us. Actually, it's a fantastic result, considering the game. We could have lost by four. We didn't play well at all.

"We were concerned about their dead-balls and crossing. Normally we are OK with that sort of thing but we looked panicked at the back."

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