RECEPTION BE TRIO AT QPR?
looked after myself and did my job.”
Forsyth was again imperious as the Rams destroyed Brighton 6-2 on aggregate – including a 4-1 win at the iPro Stadium – to book a deserved place in the play-off final.
Now, of course, he must perform one last time on the domestic stage before linking up with the Tartan Army.
“Just now, it’s still settling in and everybody is enjoying getting through,” added Forsyth. “The euphoria is still there – you’re still getting texts from people congrat- ulating you and wishing you well.
“This week, we’ve been speaking about the Brighton game, enjoying the feeling. But everything will start building up and everyone will get a lot more serious about it all. Going to Wembley, the spectacle, the increased media attention – it’s all part of it and we need to make sure we enjoy it. But we remain focussed on what the job is.
“We’ll try to keep the build-up as normal as possible, try and do all the things that have served us so well this season. I don’t think anything will change.”
And in classic fashion, Forsyth says the pressure is all on QPR, whose £60m wage bill and galaxy of big names makes a return to the Premier League imperative.
“With QPR, it’s obviously well documented the players they’ve got and all the money they’ve spent,” he said.
“So yeah, it’s all on them.They’ve come down from the Premier League, kept a lot of the players who played there. They’ve also brought in a lot more players with top-flight experience. But we’ve just got to focus on ourselves, play our natural game.We’re no good at sitting back and trying to defend. We need to get on the front foot, press teams and play our football.
“I don’ think we did that in the first leg against Brighton but Sunday was more like ourselves, the way we’ve played all season.
“We attacked from the start, scored four goals.To do it in a game with that much riding on it shows we can handle the pressure.
“I can’t wait for the game.When I signed here, I couldn’t have wished for it to go any better. Hopefully it will have a happy ending.”
WHAT A SIGNING: Craig Forsyth has been a revelation for Derby at left-back and has now earned a Scotland call Inset: Rams players celebrate getting to Wembley STAR MAN WILL HUGHE