09:30 Thursday 26 December 2013

Rampant Rams will take some stopping: Steve McClaren

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS . . . Derby County are the Championships leading goalscorers by some distance FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS . . . Derby County are the Championships leading goalscorers by some distance

STEVE McClaren says free-scoring Derby County are a threat to any team in the Championship.

Derby have hit 45 goals in 21 league games – a dozen more than any other side in the division.

Nineteen have come in a seven-match winning run and they go in search of an eighth consecutive victory today when they tackle Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Derby are fourth and only three points behind table-topping Burnley.

McClaren admits he has been surprised by the team’s surge and says the challenge now is to keep going.

The head coach said: “The players have put themselves into this position.

“Can they sustain it for the rest of the season?”

“All I am looking at is performances, the players I have got and the squad I have got – and I like what I see.

“We will get beat, we will have bad spells, but we have players who can score goals and that is the most important thing.

“We are a real threat to anyone playing us. Teams really have to be very good defensively to stop us from scoring.”

Today’s opponents Huddersfield are 13th and earned a goalless draw at Brighton in their last game having lost narrowly to Reading and Ipswich.

Derby are also on their travels on Sunday when they face Barnsley at Oakwell.

The Rams have the best away record in the division with seven wins and a draw in 10 matches on the road.

McClaren says both festive fixtures are “very dangerous”.

He said: “Huddersfield is a tough match and it is never easy at Oakwell. Barnsley got a 0-0 draw at Leeds, and have the impetus of a new manager in Danny Wilson.

“There are no easy games away from home. We have just got to keep it going.”

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