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Derby County defender Craig Forsyth targets ‘play-offs and beyond’ in late season charge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

ON  A ROLL . . . Craig Forsyth (left) wants Derby County to build momentum

ON A ROLL . . . Craig Forsyth (left) wants Derby County to build momentum

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DEFENEDER Craig Forsyth says Derby County will keep their foot on the gas as they strive to hold onto third place in the Championship, writes STEVE NICHOLSON.

The Rams are third with five games left to play.

They have a two-point lead over Queen’s Park Rangers, with five on Wigan Athletic and nine on sixth-placed Reading.

A play-off place can be cemented today when they meet Huddersfield Town at the iPro Stadium, kick-off 3.07pm, if other results also go their way.

But Forsyth says the focus will not change.

“We are still trying to get as many points on the board as possible to make sure we stay in third position,” said the left back, who has been an ever-present this season.

“We won’t be taking our foot off the gas. We want to get on a run to take us into the play-offs, and beyond.”

Forsyth had a taste of the play–offs with Watford last season – without kicking a ball.

He was recalled from his loan spell at Derby as the Hornets faced a two-legged play-off semi-final tie against Leicester City.

Watford won through to a Wembley final but were beaten by Crystal Palace.

“It was a bit strange going back because the two players that had been playing ahead of me throughout the season where still there, and both were fit,” said Forsyth,

“Watford called me back and obviously it was good to be involved in something like that and experience the play-offs and the day at Wembley, but not to play in the games was a disappointment.

“Still, I saw the pressure that is on the players in the play-off games and the way they handle it, so there was definitely something to learn from the experience.”

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