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Jake Buxton targets more clean sheets for attack-minded Derby County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

GOALS AT BOTH ENDS . . . Derby County defender Jake Buxton is keen for more shut-outs

GOALS AT BOTH ENDS . . . Derby County defender Jake Buxton is keen for more shut-outs

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DERBY County have conceded more goals than any other side in the top half of the Championship – 37 in 28 league matches.

It is not a statistic Jake Buxton likes to be reminded about. As a rugged, determined defender he and centre-back partner Richard Keogh pride themselves on shutting out the opposition.

But Derby are the top scorers in the division with three goals more than leaders Leicester City and 10 ahead of Reading.

As long as the Rams are picking up points and winning games – they have collected seven points from the last nine – Buxton is happy.

“It has been like that, if they score two we will score three,” said Buxton, referring to the 3-2 victory over Yeovil at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night.

Buxton smiles when asked about the team’s attacking approach.

He said: “We have got Fozzie (Craig Forsyth) crossing the ball from left back and right back Andre Wisdom in the box trying to get on the end of the cross leaving me and Richard Keogh two-on-two at the back!”

“It would be nice to come off with more clean sheets than we do but as long as we keep winning we will be happy.

“We said in the dressing room after the Yeovil game that it had been great value for money – and we have been all season.”

Derby go into today’s game against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, kick-off 3pm, sitting fourth in the table.

They have built an 11-point gap between themselves and the team just outside the play-off places, Ipswich Town.

Leicester and Queen’s Park Rangers currently fill the two automatic promotion places.

Derby are four points behind QPR who have a game in hand but the West London side have to visit the iPro in what is the Rams’ next home game.

So are Derby looking up or behind them?

“We just have to make sure we get as many points on the board as we can,” said Buxton.

“We have to repeat what the manager is saying, we carry on doing what we are doing.

“We will keep looking above, but below us is where we should keep looking to maintain that gap between us and seventh.

“When you get to the last 10 games you like to have cemented yourself in the play offs. We can have a right push when we get to that point.

“If we can get to March and be in the mix we will be very happy.

“First, we will try not to waste the point we got at Blackburn and the three against Yeovil when we play Birmingham today.”

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