Derby ace Tom Huddlestone says Norwich and Leeds not out of sight at Championship top

Tom Huddlestone of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

The Rams midfielder spoke about how tight it is in the table as the season edges into its final third.

Tom Huddlestone of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone does not feel that the Championship's top two sides, Norwich City and Leeds United, are not out of sight as the season edges into its final third.

With all teams in the second tier having played 30 or 31 games out of 46 so far, the promotion race remains tight, with just 10 points separating leaders Norwich from the seventh-placed Rams.

Further down, several outfits are snapping at the heels of the playoff chasers, with 13th-placed Blackburn on 43 points, just seven behind Derby, so there could be a lot of twists and turns yet to come.

 

This week in particular could see a lot of shifting around in the table as a full league programme takes place in midweek, while the FA Cup this weekend means just some Championship fixtures will take place.

Speaking to club channel RamsTV ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Ipswich Town, Huddlestone is quoted by Derbyshire Times as saying: "It was massive to win on Saturday, especially looking at the league table. Everyone around us seemed to pick up points so as much as we have to just concentrate on ourselves, it is important to stay in and around the top six.

Tom Huddlestone of Derby County is challenged by Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on...

"Equally, I don’t think the top two are out of sight either. Even Hull, we have kept them at arms distance, but if they had beaten us there would have only been a point in it... there is still a long way to go and we have just got to keep grinding the results out."

After the trip to Portman Road, Derby will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend in an FA Cup fifth-round tie, with the next Championship game coming on Wednesday 20 February against Millwall.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United and Tom Huddlestone of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 20, 2018 in...

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