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Derby forward talks up Leeds game: ''It's a big rivalry''

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Derby County forward Johnny Russell is targeting another unbeaten run for the Rams and insists they will treat the game with Leeds United just like any other.

Johnny Russell may have his sights set on an unbeaten Christmas but warned his Derby County teammates that Leeds United will be determined to end a winless run that stretches back nine years. 

Derby have not lost in their last 12 games against Leeds, recording 10 wins and two draws in the process, so have become a notorious bogey side for the Yorkshire club. 

It's an extended run that Russell believes Derby will have to wary of as Neil Redfearn's men could look to go the extra mile to finally put an end to Rams' domination. 

''It's a big rivalry,'' Russell told dcfc.co.uk. ''They haven't beat us in a while as well so they will be wanting to change that and set that straight. 

''We are the same, though, we want to keep going and we want to keep winning so it will make for an exciting game. Although it is a difficult away fixture, hopefully we can get the result.''

After three goals and one assists in his last three Championship appearances, The newly-capped Scotland international will be looking to extend his own good form when the two sides meet on Saturday as he continues to impress following his relatively slow start to the season. 

Russell also believes the Rams can go on an unbeaten run over Christmas and put themselves in a great position for the new year.

''All of them are against teams who are right up there with us,'' Russell remarked when asked about the December fixtures. ''If we can put together a good run over the Christmas period then it puts you in a great position.

''We are taking one game as it comes, and that's the way we will always go about it, but if we can put together a run we will be in a great position.

''It's all about momentum in this league, if you get a good run of games, you can start to pull away from people.'' 

The Rams currently top the division, three points clear of Bournemouth in second place, and could really enjoy some daylight at the top of the pile with a win over Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Redfearn, however, will purely be focused ending the nine year winless streak against the East Midland's side and hope the three points can carry them steadily up the table.

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