CRAIG Bryson is not underestimating how tough today’s trip to Yeovil Town is likely to be for Derby County.
Newly promoted Yeovil are the bookies’ favourites to be relegated from the Championship this season.
The Glovers – who are sitting in the second tier of English football for the first time in their history – won their opening match at Millwall but have since suffered back-to-back defeats, at home to Birmingham City and away to Burnley.
However, Rams midfielder Bryson does not expect a comfortable ride at Huish Park, kick-off 3pm.
“This is such a tight league and everybody can beat everybody,” he said.
“That’s just how the Championship is and that’s why people love it.
“It’s such a competitive division and you’re not guaranteed to beat anybody.
“Even going to Yeovil, there are no guarantees.
“We are going to face different tests every week.
“We know it’s going to be a really, really tough game.
“They’ll be delighted to have got into this league and certainly won’t want to go back down straight away.
“They’ll be doing everything they can to stay up and we’ll have to apply ourselves 100 per cent if we want to get a result.”
Bryson does not believe last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester will have dented Derby’s confidence as they look to seal a play-off place after several seasons of steady improvement.
“We won’t be downbeat,” he said. “We’ll go to Yeovil and try to win the game, just like we try to win every game.
“We’ll work on what we need to do during the week and, hopefully, get a result down there.
“Hopefully, we won’t let the Leicester defeat affect us and we’ll go there full of confidence.”
Bryson is a fan of the midfield “diamond” formation that the Rams have employed for the past two matches.
“I like it – and I think the other players do too,” he said.
“I think we get on the ball and keep it quite well.
“Sometimes, we just lack a wee bit of width but we’ve got full-backs (Kieron Freeman and Craig Forsyth) who like to get forward, so they provide good width for us.
“I really enjoy it.”*