Prozone statistics help to underline how Craig Bryson's high-energy show lifted Derby
CRAIG Bryson's high-energy performances in Derby County's midfield have made him a big favourite with supporters.
He was player of the year in his first season with the club following a move from Kilmarnock and has been steadily stepping up his displays in this, his second season.
The 25-year-old was named man of the match in Saturday's home defeat by Burnley and manager Nigel Clough said afterwards that he felt the Scot was back to his best.
Keeping track of Bryson on the pitch is not easy because when he is on his game, he appears to cover virtually every blade of grass.
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However, technology allows clubs to monitor players more closely than the naked eye. The Prozone system, thanks to specially-placed cameras around the stadium, provides in-depth analysis of a team and of individual players.
Bryson's impact on the Burnley game was obvious, certainly in the second half when he went up a gear or two and helped Derby to wrest back control of the contest.
He popped up here, there and seemingly everywhere. His drive in midfield was a major reason why Burnley found themselves pinned back in the final half an hour.
Prozone statistics support this and the diagram highlights his involvement.
The yellow arrows show his movement and the red arrows his high-intensity runs.
He covered almost 13 kilometres in the game and 2,373 metres at high intensity, a Derby club record.
Stats alone do not win games, as was proved because Burnley left with the three points thanks to Charlie Austin's late winner but Bryson's high-energy contribution could have been decisive.
His knack of covering ground saw him get on the end of a great chance with the score 1-1 only to be denied by former Rams goalkeeper Lee Grant.