Hull City clash has makings of a cracker, says Derby County's Craig Bryson
CRAIG Bryson believes Derby County's clash with Hull City tonight is all set to be a Christmas cracker.
Hull visit Pride Park Stadium only a point off an automatic promotion place in the Championship.
The Tigers have the best away record in the division, having won six of their 11 matches on the road.
They are also unbeaten in their last four trips to Derby.
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The Rams are unbeaten in seven on home soil and have only lost once at Pride Park in the League so far.
Nigel Clough's men beat Leeds United 3-1 in their previous home outing, which was followed by last Saturday's 2-0 success away to Bristol City.
Bryson, who scored in the victory at Ashton Gate, is relishing the prospect of taking on Steve Bruce's high-flyers.
"It's got all the makings of a great game," said the midfielder.
"They are going really well but, at home, we think we're capable of beating anyone. We'll go into the game with confidence, looking to win it.
"We've only lost once at home in the league all season and, hopefully, we can get another good result.
"I don't think I've actually played a Friday night game before, so it will be something a bit different."
Bryson says confidence in the squad is high going into the festive programme.
"The boys took massive confidence from beating Leeds the other week," said the Scotland international.
"So going around the changing room before the Bristol City game, you wouldn't have known we had lost four in a row away from home.
"Everyone was really confident and it was another great three points for us.
"The team spirit was excellent last season as well and you wouldn't really think it could get much better.
"But the boys who have come in are really good characters and it's a joy to be in the dressing room."
Rams boss Clough has played down his team's chance of launching a push for the play-offs.
With Derby four points off a top-six spot, Bryson is not ruling anything out.
"I don't see why we can't (make the play-offs) – we're only a few points off at the moment," he said.
"If we can sort out our away form and get a few more results like we did at Bristol City while keeping our good form going, we've got a great chance."