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Derby to be on their guard for dangerous Fulham

last updated Tuesday 04th April 2017, 12:34 PM

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 defender Alex Pearce
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Derby County will have to be on their guard against a "dangerous" Fulham side, according to Rams defender Alex Pearce.

The Rams take on Slavisa Jokanovic's men at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Fulham climbed into the Sky Bet Championship play-off zone at the weekend, after consigning rock-bottom Rotherham United to relegation with a 1-0 win at the New York Stadium.

Derby are eight points behind in 10th place, with seven fixtures of the campaign remaining.

They have a chance to cut the gap - but will be wary of the threat posed by their visitors.

Fulham have netted 67 goals in the Championship this season - 25 more than the Rams. Only leaders Newcastle (72) have scored more.

The West London outfit also have the third best goal difference in the division - plus-20, compared with Derby's plus-four.

When the sides met at Craven Cottage in mid-December, Pearce's 75th-minute header earned the Rams a 2-2 draw.

"They are a very good team and I was very impressed with them when we played them at their place," said the centre-back.

"I thought they were probably one of the better sides we have played this season, for sure.

"They are very dangerous in an attacking sense. They get a lot of men forward and pass the ball very quickly, with high tempo.

"So we are going to have to be on our guard against them.

"But I also think that anyone coming to our home ground will be in for a tough game.

"We will be looking to impose ourselves on the game and, hopefully, get the three points."

If results go their way, the Rams could be only five points off a top-six spot by the end of Tuesday night - but Pearce is not thinking about that.

"We just look at this as the next game," he said.

"We had a good result against QPR on Friday night. We did what we needed to do and it's a case of going out there and doing exactly the same.

"They are where they are in the table and we are where we are. I'll let you guys speculate about what happens if we win this, or lose, or whatever.

"It's down to us as players to go out and be professional, and do the job."

Source Chris Watson at Derby Telegraph
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