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Johnny Russell admits he hasn’t been good enough this season

Derby County’s Johnny Russell has admitted to the Derby Telegraph that he hasn’t been good enough this season.

In previous seasons when the Rams had been challenging for a play-off spot, Russell had been one of the star performers. Last season as Derby made into the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, the former Dundee United man scored ten goals in what was a respectable year for the East Midlands side. However this season with Derby having had a disappointing year, they are 10th in the league, Russell hasn’t done much different and has only scored once.

And with Derby claiming a win on Friday night with a goal from Matej Vydra giving them the victory over QPR, Russell has admitted that he has been far from his usual standards this year but that he would work hard for the last month of the season to get back to how he usually plays.

He said: “It’s not been a great season for myself.”

“A couple of things have happened and I’ve let them affect me far longer than they should have.”

“It’s not really the time to talk about it – but I’m not blaming anyone. I’ve fallen far what my standards are and what the standards should be to play at this club.”

“My performances this season have been nowhere near acceptable. I know that and I’ll take that on the chin. It’s no-one else’s fault but mine.”

“It’s up to me to put things right for a final push and, hopefully, I can do that.”

“I’m definitely focused on my game. I always want to improve. The minute you start thinking you know everything, it’s probably time to pack it in.”

“Every day is a new day to learn and we’re all in the same boat. We all want to get better.”


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