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Bryson believes Rams are contenders

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 19, 2012

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CRAIG Bryson has backed Derby County to challenge for the play-offs this season.

The Rams midfielder reckons an improvement in the club’s away form will be enough to crack the Championship’s top six.

Derby beat Bristol City 2-0 away on Saturday to record their third away victory of the season.

And 26-year-old Bryson thinks it can be a springboard to push for a top six place.

“I don’t see why not,” he said. “I think we’re only three points off sixth spot.

“If we can sort out our away form a bit more and get results like at Bristol City - as well as keeping up our home form - then we’ve got a great chance.

“If we can keep it tight away from home, we can always nick a goal.”

Bryson scored Derby’s second goal on Saturday but was pulled off after an hour on his return from a knee injury.

He aggravated the strained medial ligament in the game but is hopeful of being fit for Friday evening’s clash with Hull City at Pride Park.

“I’ve played through injuries throughout my career,” he said. “When I get an injury I just want to get back playing as quickly as possible.

“I don’t know if it does my body any good!

“But I want to play every week.”

The visit of Hull will be a good test for Derby, who have lost just once at home in the league this season.

The Tigers have won six matches away from home, the most in the division, and have the best away record.

The Rams, meanwhile, have won six matches at Pride Park and have the sixth best home record in the Championship.

“It makes it a great game,” said Bryson. “They’re going really well and we think we can beat anyone at home.

“We’ve only lost one at home this season so hopefully we can go and get another result.”

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