Derby's Bryson wary of Coventry threat

Last updated : 13 January 2012 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Andy Thorn takes his bottom placed Coventry City to Pride Park, Derby on Saturday in search of his first away win of the season and do the double over The Rams whom they beat 2-0 at The Ricoh back in September.

With Coventry winless on the road this season and with Derby on a four match winning run at home, the statistics would point to a win for The Rams, but Derby midfielder Craig Bryson is wary of The Sky Blues.

Coventry City are the only Championship side yet to win on their travels, having amassed just three points away from home, they are three points from second from bottom side Doncaster and seven points from safety.

Prior to the Christmas schedule, Coventry had won just two games, but then went on a mini revival beating Bristol City 1-0 and then Brighton 2-0, but then lost away to West Ham and at home to Southampton in the FA Cup third round, but their confidence has been given a bit of a boost with the back to back wins.

One of the two wins prior to the Christmas period was over Derby when City deservedly beat them 2-0 at The Ricoh in September.

Craig Bryson told This is Derbyshire, "Fair enough, Coventry are bottom of the table but they beat us at their place and there are no easy games in the Championship.We will need to be at our best to get something from the game."

Derby started the season well and were in the top six until the loss at Coventry. They went on a poor run of just one win in 12 games and plummeted down the table, but then recovered to climb the table again.

Because of their recent bad run, Bryson is not taking the game against Coventry lightly.

He said, "They will be trying everything they can to try to get out of their position, just as we did when we were down that end of the table," said the Scottish international. Coventry are still a good team."

Like Coventry, Derby played their FA Cup third round game against Crystal Palace in front of a reduced crowd of slightly over 10,000 at Pride Park, which is in contrast to the gates of up to 30,000 often seen at Derby home games.

The small crowd came as a bit of a shock to Bryson, who is hoping for a bumper crowd for Saturday's clash.

Bryson explained, "It's a bit different and I hadn't experienced that before, because I didn't play against Shrewsbury (in the Carling Cup). When there are 30,000 in, the place is buzzing but it was a bit quiet out there on Saturday and it took us a while to get going.

"Hopefully, there will be a much bigger crowd back in to watch us against Coventry."