Derby star shows his sensible approach to promotion fight

Derby County Huddle

Derby County's Jamie Ward is not putting any unnecessary pressure on his side.

Derby County winger Jamie Ward says that he isn't looking at the Championship table at this stage of the season.

The Rams are locked in one of the most enthralling promotion battles in recent memory, with five teams all in with a good chance of sealing one of the top-two spots.

Derby, Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Watford are all sitting on 66 points, whilst Norwich City are in fifth place, just one point behind the leading pack.

Ward, though, is determined not to concern himself with the results of others teams and insists that he isn't even checking the standings after matches.

It is a sensible approach for Ward and the rest of the Derby squad to take as promotion is still in their hands.

If Steve McClaren's men win the remainder of their fixtures, they will be a Premier League side next season and that will have to be the aim.

By looking at the results of their main rivals, all Derby will do is put unnecessary pressure on themselves and Ward certainly seems to have the right mentality. 

The worry for Derby at the moment is that they lack a centre-forward, following injuries to Darren Bent and Chris Martin, and with Norwich their opponents this Saturday, their promotion credentials look set to be put to the test.  

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