BAT­TLING COUNTY DE­LIGHT DAR­REN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Wil­son

DAR­REN Bent is con­fi­dent that the fight shown by Derby County to record a run of seven straight wins proves things are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

With Steve McClaren in his sec­ond stint in charge, Derby have risen from 20th place into the play-offs in a mat­ter of weeks.

Derby’s 1-0 win over QPR in mid­week stretched their win­ning streak to seven with their last de­feat com­ing against Hud­der­s­field in Oc­to­ber.

Tom Ince got the vi­tal goal in the 86th minute at Lof­tus Road, his sev­enth of the cam­paign.

The club’s five most re­cent vic­to­ries all came with clean sheets and Bent was quick to praise the de­fend­ers in the squad.

“We are on a fan­tas­tic run,” he said. “Maybe in the past peo­ple would say if they stopped us play­ing foot­ball we couldn’t get a re­sult or that we didn’t want to fight.

“Now we’re show­ing that we are pre­pared to fight and bat­tle for wins if that’s what it takes.

“Ev­ery­one’s pulling for each other and it’s a good place to be. We’re all happy with how things are go­ing and, im­por­tantly, we’re keep­ing clean sheets as well.

“The de­fen­sive play­ers have been fan­tas­tic, es­pe­cially away from home.”

PRAISE: Dar­ren Bent

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