Jeff Hendrick highlights a favourable factor in Derby County’s playoff push

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Jeff Hendrick is confident that Derby County will finish in the Championship playoffs this season.

Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick has said in a press conference today that the momentum his side have built will help them finish in the Championship playoffs this season, according to the club’s official Twitter account.

The Rams are currently fifth in the league table with 75 points from 43 matches, as many as seven points behind second-placed Norwich City.

Steve McClaren’s side went through a bad spell recently, but they are unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Hendrick believes that this momentum will help Derby finish in the top six of the Championship and maintain their chances of getting promoted to the Premier League.

"We believe the tough run we had is over now,” said the 23-year-old, according to Derby’s official Twitter page. “We’re unbeaten in four and that's built up a bit of momentum at an important time…

"We want to get ourselves confirmed in the play-offs as soon as we can and then hopefully we can benefit from last year.

"The battle for promotion is really strong and we're still in with a chance. We really want to get Derby County promoted this year.”

Derby reached the Championship playoff final last season, but they lost out to Queens Park Rangers.

With three more rounds of games left in the regular season this term, the Rams’ only realistic hope is to finish in the playoffs.

The Rams face Huddersfield Town and Millwall away from home this month, before taking on Reading at the iPro Stadium in May.

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