06:00 Tuesday 24 December 2013

Steve McClaren happy with performances of marauding Craig Forsyth

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

DELS20131109E-038_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County player Craig Forsyth DELS20131109E-038_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County player Craig Forsyth

CRAIG Forsyth’s return to top form has impressed Derby County head coach Steve McClaren.

Forsyth had a difficult afternoon during the defeat by Queen’s Park Rangers at the beginning of November when up against Matt Phillips.

Rangers won 2-1 but Forsyth has roared back since and played a key role in Derby’s seven-match winning run which has seen them climb to fourth in the Championship.

The 24-year-old left back’s response has delighted McClaren.

“He had a bad time against Matt Phillips but has come on leaps and bounds since,” McClaren said.

“Some players might have gone under after that, he didn’t. He rose above that.”

Forsyth is the only player to have started all Derby’s games this season – 21 in the League and three in the Capital One Cup.

McClaren points to an improvement in Forsyth’s defending and the Scot has played a full part in the Rams conceding only four goals in the last seven games.

But the way he is supporting attacks has also caught the eye.

“He is getting forward and putting in some great crosses,” McClaren said.

“One of those crosses against Doncaster on Saturday, from which Jamie Ward should have scored, what a cross that was and he has delivered many more like that.”

Forsyth’s raids down the left have set up goals for Will Hughes in the 3-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday and Ward’s winner at Bournemouth.

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