CRAIG Bryson says Derby County are “delighted” to have a chance to bounce straight back from their weekend disappointment tonight.
The Rams take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road this evening as they bid to put Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough swiftly behind them.
At Middlesbrough, fourth-placed Derby missed the chance to increase the pressure on the two teams above them, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley, who also dropped points.
But with other results going their way, Steve McClaren’s men still have an 11-point cushion inside the Championship play-off zone, with six games of the regular campaign remaining.
“Middlesbrough was another opportunity lost but we’re all delighted that we’ve got another game coming up so soon,” said Bryson.
“After a bad result, the thing you want to do is get straight back on the pitch.
“We’ve got a chance to do that at Blackpool.
“It will be tough – as I’ve said umpteen times before, there are no easy games in the Championship – but we’ll go there full of confidence.
“We need to try to forget about the Middlesbrough game – there’s nothing we can do about it now.
“Nobody is happy after that result and we want to bounce back on Tuesday.
“We’ve shown before this season that we can do that after a bad result and I’ve no doubt we can do it again at Blackpool.”
Bryson described Derby’s performance at Middlesbrough as “lethargic”, but puts this down to a blip, rather than general fatigue among the players.
“It’s a long season but it’s the same for every team,” said the Scotland international midfielder.
“If we’re feeling tired, other teams will too, because we’re a fit side.
“I don’t think we can put the performance down to that.
“It’s certainly not the case as far as I’m concerned.”
Blackpool were in the top six when they visited Derby in December.
The Seasiders led at half-time but the Rams hit five without reply after the break to triumph 5-1 as the visitors had two men sent off.
That was near the start of a run of 18 matches without a win for Blackpool in all competitions.
Under interim boss Barry Ferguson, who replaced the sacked Paul Ince, they have won two of their last six fixtures – but they went down 2-1 at home to bottom club Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Ferguson’s men sit fifth from bottom, six points clear of the relegation places.
“They were flying at the start of the season but then went on a bad run,” said Bryson.
“They looked out of it for a while but I think they’ve steadied the ship a bit now.
“I think Barry Ferguson will do quite well there, but it’s a game we think we can win and we’ll set ourselves up to go there and get a result.
“Hopefully, that will be enough.”