Brighton & Hove Albion captain Gordon Greer is relishing the prospect of facing Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Saturday and is expecting a fast, free-flowing game of football.
The Rams are currently third in the Championship table but sit just four points behind the table-topping Seagulls as we approach the busy festive period.
He said, “I’m sure everybody knows the way that Derby play and it will be a good test for both teams. It’s a match that we are really looking forward to and hopefully we can get a good result.
“When the fixtures first came out, you look at the likes of Middlesbrough and Derby that have spent a lot in the summer.
“Derby have done really well this year and have a great squad, but we’ll be going there knowing we can do something. We have got a good squad as well and I’m sure it’ll be a good game.
“We’re doing really well at the minute, but we want to be top of the league at the end of the season, but for now we’re focusing on Derby and then after that game we’ll be focusing on QPR.”
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The defender looked ahead to a potential tricky Christmas period for the club and stressed that lessons should be learned from last week’s slow start against Charlton.
“If you look at the fixtures on paper, they look tough because of the squads we are facing and the money that some of the teams have spent in the summer, but every game is tough in this league.
“If you go into the game and you’re not at it, like on Saturday in the first ten minutes, where we went 2-0 down to a struggling team, then it just shows you what this league is all about. We go into every game focused on what’s in front of us and hopefully we can get some positive results.”
The Scotsman paid tribute to the work which manager Chris Hughton and his coaching staff have done with the squad following a difficult campaign last season.
“The staff and manager deserve a massive pat on that back when you look over the past year.
“It’s not been a massive amount of time but the turnaround has been vast. They deserve a massive pat on the back, the manager, coaches, staff, players, and everyone behind the scenes.
“I was sitting here a year ago saying we have Premier League staff and a year on, we’re doing well and the club is built for the top flight. It will happen, but it’s easier said than done; we just need to get enough points out of each match and hopefully at the end of the season we’ll be where we belong.”
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