Bent: What Derby must do to get back into promotion race

Darren Bent is keen to see Derby County put a winning run together.

Victory at Wigan on Monday was Derby’s first in seven, and on loan forward Bent has told the Derby Telegraph that he is keen to see the Rams putting a winning run together.

Having been pegged back by 10-man Watford on Friday, to manage only a 2-2 draw with their promotion rivals, it looked as if the Rams chances of Premier League football next season were quickly fading.

However, the victory over Wigan to end their run of seven games without a win moved Steve McClaren’s men to within five points of automatic promotion with five games left to play.

Of those five games, three are being held at the iPro Stadium, and the Rams will be hoping to use that home advantage to their benefit.

This run of games starts with consecutive home ties against Brentford and Blackpool, one game against a promotion rival and one against the already relegated Tangerines. The Rams arguably need to win both to ensure they remain within a chance of securing a play-off berth, and Bent is hoping that the victory over Wigan to end their bad run is the start of a run of great form that moves them back atop the league table.

The forward, on loan from Aston Villa, said: “We've got two home games against Brentford and Blackpool coming up, so it's a chance to put a run together. We need to really. We've had a tricky run lately but the win at Wigan was massive for us.

“We got the job done and now we have to focus on Brentford first and foremost, which is a big game for us against a side just below us. All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and hope for the best in many ways.”

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