Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that his players have to remain focused on taking one game at a time as the race for the final Championship play-off spots heats up.

As usual, the race for the Championship play-off spots is set to come down to a dramatic climax. Aston Villa look to have nailed down a place in the top six, but the battle for sixth could go down to the wire.

Middlesbrough currently occupy 6th, but 7th and 8th placed Bristol City and Derby County both have a game in hand on Tony Pulis’ side, with the Robins one point off Boro and Derby two points away.

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On Monday afternoon, Derby will be hosting QPR at Pride Park, who are currently managed by former Rams midfielder John Eustace on a caretaker basis.

Knowing full well that a win could see them return to the top six, Derby County boss Frank Lampard has said that his players need to focus on themselves as they head into the final few games of the season.

“We can only focus on ourselves,” Lampard told the Derby club website.

“We have a game in hand on Boro and we play Bristol City so it’s so tight.

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“You can’t count out anyone below us, even though the gap is slightly bigger at the moment. We firstly have to focus on QPR back at home and we need to rest and recover in preparation for that game.

“It’s easy to talk about it but we have to win games. We need to understand that other games around that, we can win or lose and so can they so there are four games in the Championship and that is a lot of football and a lot of twists and turns too.

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“Monday is our only focus at the minute and we need to be ready for it.”

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