Richard Keogh's emotional comments will surely win Derby County fans back over

Derby County Captain Richard Keogh celebrates with his team after winning the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Southampton FC and Derby County at St...

The Rams stand-in captain has been criticised a lot by some of his own fans but he made some emotional comments regarding his side's promotion race.

Richard Keogh of Derby County runs with the ball during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Southampton FC and Derby County at St Mary's Stadium on January 16, 2019 in Southampton,...

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has stressed that his quest to get the club back in the Premier League has become a "crusade" as he expressed his frustration over so many near-misses.

The Rams were last in the top flight in 2007-08, an infamous season as the club picked up just 11 points, and since then they have mounted several promotion charges, only to fall short each time.

Since his arrival from Coventry City in the summer of 2012, Keogh has helped the team reach the playoffs three times, as well as just missing out on a top-six finish on the final day in 2014-15.

 

The season prior, Derby got all the way to the playoff final, only to lose in heartbreaking circumstances to Queens Park Rangers at Wembley, but this season, hope of promotion remains with Frank Lampard's side doing well in the league.

Keogh has come under scrutiny on several occasions over the years by Rams fans, while former Premier League striker Dean Ashton described him as the "weak link" in the club's defence.

However, the stand-in captain cannot be faulted for his passion and commitment to the cause as he told the Derby Telegraph just how determined he is to succeed.

Richard Keogh of Derby County reacts during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Southampton FC and Derby County at St Mary's Stadium on January 16, 2019 in Southampton, United...

"I think the face that I've been here for so long now, [promotion] would mean a lot to me," said the 32-year-old. "It is a bit of a crusade, I suppose. I've been at the top end of this league now for the last five or six years. I like to think I know what it takes to be fighting for it - not everyone can say that.

"It would mean a lot to me, I'm not going to lie. I know where this club should be, I know how big the club is and I stand by what I said when I signed - this club deserves to be in the Premier League and I won't stop giving everything I've got to try to make that happen."

Derby County Captain Richard Keogh celebrates scoring in the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Southampton FC and Derby County at St Mary's Stadium on...

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