06:00 Tuesday 24 December 2013

Craig Bryson calls on Derby County to avoid getting complacement in Championship promotion push


DELS20131109E-064_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County player Craig Bryson DELS20131109E-064_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County player Craig Bryson

DERBY County may be on their best run of results for 18 years but Craig Bryson insists they have achieved nothing yet.

The Rams have won their last seven matches – a feat last managed at the club during the 1995-96 promotion-winning campaign.

During this remarkable spell, which started with a 3-0 home victory against Sheffield Wednesday on November 9, Derby have more than doubled their points tally from the previous 14 fixtures, making them one of the form teams in Europe, let alone the Championship.

But Bryson has warned against complacency ahead of the Rams’ trip to Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.

“Obviously, form-wise, we’re the best in the league at the moment,” said the midfielder.

“But it’s only seven games and we need to keep it up.

“Winning seven games in a row is not going to win you the Championship or get you promoted.

“It’s seven games out of 46, so we’ve just got to keep going.

“Of course, confidence is really high but there’s a thin line between being confident and being complacent, so we need to watch that.

“We need to go into every game with the mindset that we can win it but knowing that it will be hard and we need to earn the right to play.”

Fourth-placed Derby are now only three points behind leaders Burnley following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers at the iPro Stadium.

Bryson, who sealed victory with his 10th goal of the campaign, said: “Obviously, the fans are going to get carried away but it’s up to us to keep our feet on the ground. We know nothing is won in December.

“In the past couple of seasons, we’ve always been there or thereabouts but not quite had that final boost.

“This season, we’re in the play-off places but it’s really hard to stay there, because there are so many teams in the league who feel they can get there.”

Huddersfield are 13th in the table, with 27 points from their 21 fixtures so far.

The Terriers have won four, drawn three and lost three in the league at the John Smith’s Stadium to date.

Following successive defeats to Ipswich Town and Reading, Mark Robins’ side gained a creditable goalless draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion.

One of their main threats is likely to come from former Derby loanee James Vaughan, who has netted 12 goals in 19 appearances this term - nine of them on home turf.

“We know how hard a game it’s going to be at Huddersfield and we’re under no illusions that we will need to be on top of our game to win there,” said Bryson.

“You’re not going to get it your own way every single game in the Championship.

“Teams have obviously watched us and are trying to stop us playing. It’s up to us to come up with a plan to beat them.

“We’ll go there believing we can win it and if we play the way we can, then you never know.”

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