Paul Clement explains what has been strange about his start at Derby County

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Derby County are currently in ninth place in the Championship table, but are unbeaten in their last four matches.

Paul Clement has told Derby County's official site that his side's recent results have left him with a strange feeling.

The Rams are unbeaten in their last four matches, and have picked up three victories over that time, as they start to climb up the Championship table.

However, Clement feels that his side's performance levels have actually dipped, even though their results would suggest otherwise.

"I've got a strange sensation really about what’s happened in this block of games," he said. “During this period, I don’t think we’ve played that well in terms of our football performance although I do feel that we’re showing a number of other qualities in our game.

“Some of the finishing against MK Dons was good and our defensive resilience has been pleasing as well. I’ve also been pleased with the team spirit within the squad. Before the first international break I think some of our football was better but we weren’t picking up the right results."

Derby have beaten Preston North End, Reading and Milton Keynes Dons on their travels recently, but these results have been achieved on the basis of their defensive strength.

The Rams have been on the back foot for sizeable periods during these matches, but their determination and spirit has seen them over the line.

That is encouraging, but Clement will realise that Derby's performances will have to improve if they are to meet their high expectations this season.

Derby have made no secret of their intentions to be promoted this season, and they will need to start showing more of their attacking quality if they are to make it into the top two. 

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