MIDFIELDER Craig Bryson believes that Derby County can realistically set their sights on Wembley this season.
The Rams host Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, and victory there would leave them just two wins away from the semi-finals, held at the national stadium in April.
Bryson said: “We’ve not really had a cup run since I’ve been here and I think we and the gaffer are desperate for that.
“We’ve got a team in our own league and we’re playing really well at home so we can go into that game really confident and hopefully get the win.
“If we get through the next couple of rounds, we could be at Wembley.”
The confident Scot also believes that Derby and rivals Nottingham Forest, with whom they shared a 1-1 draw on Friday, could challenge for promotion come May.
Asked if the two teams could make the play-offs, he said: “I don’t see why not.
“Forest are going quite well in the league and we’re doing really well.
“If we can sort the away form out a wee bit, then with our home form the way it is, we could be right up there.
“When you look at the team, we’ve got 17-year-olds and 20-year-olds, whereas their team is full of internationals.
“We’re happy that we’re working as a team and doing really well for each other.
“We want to just carry that on.”
The 26-year-old suffered a medial ligament injury back in November, and after sitting out the previous four games, played 75 minutes against the Reds.
He said: “My knee played up a wee bit around the 70-75 minute mark, so I thought in a local derby when it’s that tight, you can’t really afford to take risks.
“So I said to the bench that my knee was starting to tighten up and I decided to come off.
“I don’t like to miss training or miss games, and it (the East Midlands derby) is a game you always want to play in as it means so much to the fans.
“To come from a goal down and get a point, we’re happy with that, and it’s now four games unbeaten against them.
“We were probably the better team in the first half, until their goal, and then they got on top a wee bit.
“Over the whole course of the game, it was probably a fair result.
“They’re a good team, and they’re full of international players, so I think our team competed really well against them.
“Performances like that, if we can take them into away games, then hopefully we can nick points here and there.”