Gary Wilson admitted his side needed to post a higher score as they suffered their first defeat of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Sunday.
Despite strong batting performances from Matt Critchley (40) and Wayne Madsen (52), the Falcons lost wickets in clusters and posted 152-8 from their 20 overs. In response, Jos Buttler hit a well-paced unbeaten 42 and guided the Lightning to victory in the 19th over.
Wilson and his side will look to return to the form in the first two games where they recorded back-to-back wins away against Northants Steelbacks and in front of a sold-out Queen’s Park against Yorkshire Vikings.
Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Wilson said: “We put on a competitive score and certainly weren’t out of the game. In an ideal world we needed 160 to 170 and I think that would have been enough.
“Hopefully the guys with less experience can learn quickly and us older heads can come to the park and clean up. I had a word with Matt Critchley, he is new to this and he did very well.
He added: “With Twenty20 cricket you get into a bit of a rhythm and if you’re playing well it’s easier to just keep going and you have seen the way that Madsen has been going, he’s been brilliant.
“If we can get a win over Worcestershire and put on the pressure we will be sitting with three wins and a loss and things moving forward would be set up nicely.”
Derbyshire currently sit sixth in the NatWest T20 Blast North Group and face Worcestershire Rapids at New Road on Wednesday 19 July; 7.00pm start.
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