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Derby County defender eyes home comforts after unjust away haul

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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JOHN Brayford will welcome returning to Pride Park tomorrow (Saturday, February 16) but believes Derby County’s haul of just one point from their last two games is an unfair reflection on their performances on the road.

The Rams were beaten 2-1 by Hull City on Tuesday night after conceding in the 88th minute – just four minutes after they thought they had snatched a draw with Jamie Ward’s equaliser.

That came hot on the heels of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, in which Nigel Clough’s side had led 2-0 before being pegged back.

And ahead of today’s visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers, kick-off 3pm, Brayford said those results have been typical of the team’s luck away from home this season.

“After all the away games we have played this season, and deserved something from, the Hull City defeat hurts a lot,” said the former Burton Albion full-back.

“We played very well and it was pleasing to see the side respond so well to going a goal behind. Their crowd were frustrated and beginning to get on the back of their players.

“The lads worked so hard on Saturday, then to come to Hull, play the way did against a team flying high in the league, but come away with nothing is a bitter pill to swallow.

“To have one point from our last two games is devastating.

“I don’t think our results away from home all season are a fair reflection on the performances the side have put in.”

Brayford also insisted he was happy to fill in at centre-back in the absence of Jake Buxton and Mark O’Brien.

He said: “I like the responsibility that comes with it.”

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