Skipper Richard Keogh is ready to go head to head with former team-mate at the Riverside
RICHARD Keogh is hoping to keep former team-mate Lukas Jutkiewicz quiet at the Riverside Stadium this evening.
Keogh and Jutkiewicz are set to go head to head as Derby County take on Middlesbrough on Teesside (7.45pm).
The pair were colleagues at Coventry City and remain good friends.
But Rams skipper Keogh is keen to get the better of his mate tonight.
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The central defender celebrated a first clean sheet since his summer move from Coventry in Sunday's 1-0 victory at arch rivals Nottingham Forest.
Jutkiewicz joined Boro from the Sky Blues in a £1.3m deal in January, following a loan spell.
The 23-year-old target man missed the start of this season while he recovered from knee surgery but on his first start of the campaign, he netted twice in an impressive 2-1 win away to Blackburn Rovers.
"Middlesbrough are a very good team," said Keogh.
"They've got a great manager (Tony Mowbray) who has brought in some fantastic players.
"I know Lukas from playing with him at Coventry and I know what he can bring to a side.
"I think anyone who saw their game against Blackburn knows what a threat he is.
"He's one of my good friends and I'm looking forward to playing against him.
"I'm sure we'll have a bit of banter beforehand and, when we get on the pitch, hopefully I'll get one over him.
"It would be nice to keep him quiet and get on the scoresheet myself."
While recognising the threat posed by Jutkiewicz, Keogh is relishing the prospect of doing battle against him.
"I know what his game is and he probably knows what my game is about as well," he added.
"He's a fantastic player and a good signing for them.
"He's going to be a handful but you want to play against good players in this division."
Keogh is hoping the victory over Forest can spark a run of positive results for the Rams.
"It was a big win for us at Forest but now we need to go to Middlesbrough and try to get on a bit of a run," he said.
"Hopefully, we can go there and get another win.
"If we play like we have been playing, I feel we will win more games than we lose.
"It's just about finding our consistency and trying to keep everyone fit in the group.
"On our day, we can be a match for everyone."