Nathan Tyson keeping Theo Robinson on his toes
TOP scorer Theo Robinson says the form of Derby County "super sub" Nathan Tyson is keeping him on his toes.
Robinson netted his eighth goal of the season to earn the Rams a 1-1 draw with Championship leaders Cardiff City at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old kept his place in the starting line-up, despite Tyson staking a strong claim from the bench.
Having failed to score during an injury-plagued first season with the club, Tyson has hit five goals this term in 13 appearances, only four of them starts.
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The former Nottingham Forest front man has come off the bench to net late winners at Ipswich Town and against Birmingham City on Saturday, either side of sealing victory over Barnsley with a stunning strike.
Tyson almost did it again against Cardiff on Tuesday night but his header in the sixth minute of added time was cleared off the line.
"It would have been great if he'd scored the winner again," said team-mate Robinson.
"For him to keep getting goals is keeping me on my toes, so that's good.
"You always have to be on your toes and any striker would say they have to score goals to be in the team.
"A goal will, hopefully, help me as I try to cement my place in the team."
Robinson bagged 12 goals last season and was the club's joint leading scorer alongside the now departed Steve Davies.
His eight goals in all competitions so far this campaign have come in 18 appearances, including 11 starts.
The former Millwall and Huddersfield Town man has been pleased with Derby's attacking efforts this season.
"All of us have got quite a few goals already, spread out throughout the team, from defenders, midfielders and attackers," he added.
"If we keep doing that as a team, hopefully, we can push on forward."
Derby make the short trip to East Midlands rivals Leicester City on Saturday (5.20pm).
The Foxes are fourth in the Championship table following their 1-0 midweek defeat at Leeds United.
Nigel Pearson's men have been strong at home, though, with seven wins, one draw and one defeat in the league.
They have scored 20 goals and conceded only six in the process – the division's second best defensive home record behind Cardiff.
"Leicester have been playing well at home, so it won't be an easy place to go," said Robinson.
"Also, it's a bit of a local derby, so we should have no problem getting ourselves up for it.
"We just need to keep firing. It should be quite a battle and I'm looking forward to it."