RE­CEP­TION BE TRIO AT QPR?

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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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

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

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