2:17 PM EDT, Mon September 22, 2014
Derby County's Zak Whitbread insists his approach will stay just...

Derby County's Zak Whitbread insists his approach will stay just...

ZAK Whitbread's focus has not changed despite impressing on a rare League start for Derby County in the 3-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers.Whitbread stepped in for the suspended Jake Buxton at Ewood Park for only his fifth appearance in the Championship since he joined the Rams, first on loan from Leicester City last October and then permanently in the summer.The form of Buxton and skipper Richard Keogh at centre-back has meant Whitbread has had to bide his time and be patient.He knows...
Derby County must choose between Jake Buxton and Zak Whitbread at...

Derby County must choose between Jake Buxton and Zak Whitbread at...

FIRST-TEAM coach Paul Simpson smiled when asked if it would be difficult to pick a Derby County team to face Cardiff City tomorrow given the competition for places."I am not sure 'difficult' is the right word because it is a great problem to have," he said.Fans are waiting to see if Zak Whitbread keeps his place at centre-back alongside Richard Keogh after stepping in and impressing in the victory at Blackburn.Whitbread came in for Jake Buxton, who served a one-match suspension...
Derby County defender Zak Whitbread deserves chance at Blackburn...

Derby County defender Zak Whitbread deserves chance at Blackburn...

ZAK Whitbread steps in for Derby County on Wednesday night with head coach Steve McClaren saying: "Zak deserves to play".Whitbread will line up alongside skipper Richard Keogh at centre-back against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (7.45pm).He replaces Jake Buxton, who serves a one-match suspension after being sent off in Sunday's draw with Nottingham Forest.The form of Keogh and Buxton at the heart of the back four has meant Whitbread has had to wait for his opportunities to impress.He has made...
Derby County's Zak Whitbread aims to push Jake Buxton and Richard...

Derby County's Zak Whitbread aims to push Jake Buxton and Richard...

ZAK Whitbread says he has "immense respect" for regular Derby County centre-back pairing Richard Keogh and Jake Buxton – but plans to fight them all the way for their places in the side this season.Whitbread joined the Rams on a permanent basis over the summer, having spent much of last term at the club on loan from Leicester City.The 30-year-old defender has found his first-team chances limited in that time – but insists he is not here simply to make up the...

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