Derby must learn 'lessons' from Championship, says Paul Simpson

Derby have lost two consecutive Championship games, losing their position at the top of the table.

The Rams had struggled to find form in the early stages of the season, with many believing that they were struggling in the aftermath of losing the 2014 Play-Off Final.

However, a run of four wins in five games shot them up to the top of the Championship table, but they remained leading the race for just two weeks, with consecutive losses to Derby and Brentford allowing Watford to move two points clear in first place. Due to the intense closeness of the division, the Rams fell to fifth place - still just three off top spot - and they could fall to ninth place if they lose at home to in-form Huddersfield on Tuesday evening.

Steve McClaren’s side have already proven that they can overcome a bad run of form to find success, and first-team coach Paul Simpson is keen to see the Rams continue to learn from their on-pitch troubles in the search for promotion to the Premier League.

Speaking to the official Derby County website, Simpson said: “The big message that we have given to the players, after the disappointment of the weekend and the disappointment of the previous home game when we lost to Wigan, is to make sure we get back to doing the basic things.

“That’s how we got ourselves into a really nice position of sitting at the top of the table and we want the players to get back to that.

“There is the lesson for us. If we don’t treat every game properly, don’t go about it properly by doing the basic things, you get found out and that’s what happened on Saturday.”

Derby will be looking to reclaim top spot on Tuesday night, with a win over Huddersfield taking them equal on points with current league leaders Watford.

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