The Rams have won just one game in nine, and goalkeeper Lee Grant has told the Derby Telegraph that he is keen to see maximum points picked up in the coming weeks to gain momentum heading into the play-offs.
The stopper said: "We have to gain some momentum. We have four games from which we are looking to take maximum points.
“If we do that, we will be in really good shape for the post season and three big games, hopefully. They are the main aims.”
It is clear that Derby’s season has ended poorly when the pre-season aims of automatic promotion have now become aims of securing play-off football.
The intensely competitive Championship season has played a part in this, and a host of injuries have done little to aid Steve McClaren’s side to the title, but there have been some real issues in the last few weeks which have cost the side.
Sitting on 71 points, the Rams are within the play-off places as of today, but they are just one point ahead of eighth placed Wolves, and a single slip up could cost them their status in the top six.
Up first, McClaren’s side host Blackpool - already relegated from the division - and a win should be rudimentary. Huddersfield, Millwall and Reading all follow in the next weeks, and, despite the Rams poor form, maximum points is expected.
This would guarantee their play-off status, and maybe even given them a late push for automatic promotion, and Grant is right to want a sense of momentum heading into the play-offs - as that can play an even greater role than talent in those vital games.