Richard Keogh: 'Derby County not getting carried away'

Richard Keogh Of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Derby County at The Valley on December 14, 2013
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Derby County vice captain Richard Keogh insists that he and his teammates aren't getting carried away in the build-up to this weekend's Championship playoff final.

Derby County vice captain Richard Keogh has insisted that he and his teammates aren't getting carried away in the build-up to this weekend's Championship playoff final.

Keogh, who has skippered the Rams this season because of Shaun Barker's long-term injury, knows that plenty is expected of Derby after their impressive 6-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-final.

He is certain that the club can handle the pressure of the big occasion.

"What we can affect is what happens when we cross the white line at Wembley Stadium," he told the club website.

"That comes from preparing properly and not getting caught up in anything else.

"We have to make sure we're mentally prepared as well for what lies ahead."

Keogh, 27, appeared in all but three of Derby's Championship games this season as the Rams finished third in the table.

They are looking to return to the Premier League after six seasons in the second tier.

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Derby's Chris Martin scores his team's opening goal via the penalty spot against Blackpool during their Championship match on December 7, 2013
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