Midfielder Craig Bryson has set his sights on consistency and believes a positive run of results can help mount Derby County’s promotion challenge.
The Rams picked up two wins and two defeats during November, but started December with a 2-1 home win over Swansea City last weekend.
The Christmas period is now approaching with plenty of points available and the midfielder believes consistent performances and results will help Frank Lampard's side stay in and around the promotion hunt.
“Now until March is quite relentless,” Bryson told RamsTV. “There are games coming up before the next international break, which is in March, so it’s about picking up as many points as we can before then and go on a run.
“We don’t want to bounce back every couple of games, we want to win a few games in a row and be right up there and see where it takes us.
“I think usually in seasons gone by that one or two teams have run away with it and you know the teams that are going to get promoted but I think this year, a lot of teams have been inconsistent and that’s just the Championship.
“It throws up different challenges for every single team and I think clubs are looking at putting a few results up there then they will be up there, and we are no different.”
The Rams currently sit outside the Championship play-off positions, in seventh spot, but the table is very tight.
There is only one point separating seventh and third, but Bryson admitted: “We don’t really look at the table that much.
“We just go out and do our job and if we win then there is nothing we can do about other results. We just need to look after ourselves and do what we can do to get the three points.
“We have been a bit inconsistent this season so far, away from home especially, and we need to pick up. If we can keep on doing what we’re doing at home and keep picking up points away from home, then I don’t think we will be too far off.”
This weekend, Bryson and his teammates travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic but the 32-year-old knows his side will have to be at their best to record all three points.
“Wigan have just been inconsistent like any other team in this division,” he said. “I watched them away at Stoke and I thought they were excellent that night. They won comfortably in the end and fully deserved the win.
“I think we know what we are going to get from a Paul Cook side. He’s done it at Portsmouth where they are hardworking, well organised and hard to break down and the players will give everything for him.
“If we are not at it, like we weren’t at Rotherham, Bolton and Millwall, then we could come unstuck, but I think if we play the way we can then there is no reason we can’t win the game.”