07:58 Saturday 15 February 2014

Impressive form of Derby County defender Craig Forsyth delights coach Paul Simpson

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

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CRAIG Forsyth’s form for Derby County has been a major positive in the past four months, says first-team coach Paul Simpson.

Forsyth’s performances at left back have attracted the attention of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

The 24-year-old is on Strachan’s radar according to his assistant Mark McGhee – and Simpson believes it is just reward for the player’s displays.

“Craig has been an ever-present for us since we have come in and he has been outstanding,” said Simpson, who joined the Rams as part of head coach Steve McClaren’s backroom staff in October.

“Craig has been excellent with his work-rate, his attitude in training and his attitude towards doing extra work on the strength and conditioning side to get himself built up. He is seeing the rewards in his level of performance.”

Forsyth joined Derby on loan in March, and made 10 starts before his move from Watford was made permanent in the summer.

He is the only outfield player to have started all Derby’s 34 matches this season.

“For me, the way Craig has played has been one of the major positives since we have come in,” said Simpson.

Queen’s Park Rangers, who were losing 1-0, sent on winger Junior Hoilett for the second half of the Championship clash against the Rams at the iPro Stadium on Monday.

Hoilett was up against Forsyth – and Simpson was impressed by the way the defender dealt with the threat.

“Junior Hoilett is a good player and Fozzy handled it really well,” said Simpson.

“The fact he got booked early on in the half didn’t really help him but he stuck to his task, stayed on his feet and defended really well one-on-one.”

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