Metgod: Rams not safe yet

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Derby first-team coach Johnny Metgod dismissed suggestions his team can stop looking over their shoulders after the Rams moved a step closer to Coca-Cola Championship survival with a 1-0 home win over Leicester.

An astonishing blunder by Foxes goalkeeper Chris Weale settled a scrappy game at Pride Park, the ball rolling over his foot as he attempted to deal with a routine back-pass from midfielder Andy King in the 20th minute. The result gave the hosts a nine-point cushion over the relegation zone with six games remaining, but Metgod accepts his side cannot afford to think they are safe just yet.

``It would be foolish to think that,'' he said. ``This was a massive step in the right direction but we have still got a bit to do."

He added: ``I would like to be on the safe side and get to 54 points. I can't see any reason why we can't win in the next two games and then hopefully start thinking about other things after that.

``But we are not there yet and we have to be careful not to think along those lines. This is a massive win and has given confidence to everybody.''

Metgod reckons Derby were overdue the slice of luck that arrived when Weale blundered in front of more than 3,000 Leicester fans.

``Here, on March 27, we had our first bit of luck this season,'' said the Dutchman. ``It's about little details in football and they win or lose you a game.

``You have to grind, graft and work hard to get into those positions to be lucky. It's very unfortunate for him (Weale) but I am just delighted it went our way.

``I didn't see it coming. I expected him to clear it. I don't know whether the ball bobbled or he just missed it but I couldn't care less really!''

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