Derby County boss Nigel Clough pleased with consistency shown by the Rams
NIGEL Clough is happy with the consistency his Derby County team is showing going into tonight's game against promotion-chasing Hull City.
Derby have lost only once in six League games since the defeat at Burnley on Boxing Day.
They are also on a mini unbeaten run of three matches.
Clough feels the run has gone under the radar.
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"We've done alright, our performances have been consistent," said Clough.
"We have faced some tricky games and the only defeat was a narrow one at Brighton, 2-1, where we could have had something late on.
"It is about building a 'don't lose' mentality.
"We want to win the games, of course.
"But if we cannot win, then don't lose.
"On Saturday, at Sheffield Wednesday, we would like to have gone on and won the game but we might have lost that in previous times because they put you under pressure.
"They had just stuck three past Brighton the week before and they are on a great run themselves.
"They put you under pressure and I thought we dealt with it extremely well."
The Championship is congested with only five points separating Brighton in seventh spot and Charlton Athletic in 15th.
Clough says it is important to keep the points' tally ticking over, even if it is a point from a draw like the Rams collected at the weekend.
"The division is incredibly tight," added Clough.
"We are five points away from the play-offs and eight off the bottom three.
"Three or four weeks ago you would have said the bottom three are down, you wouldn't say that now.
"We are not that secure, in many ways. We know that and that is why it is important to keep picking up points and keep the scoreboard ticking over.
"The important thing at this stage of the season is not to lose too many games."