Tom Huddlestone is hoping Derby County can keep 'grinding out results' to keep pushing up the table after moving to five games unbeaten with a win over Hull City at the weekend.

For the third time this season, the Rams defeated the midfielder’s former team following both league games and a Carabao Cup meeting earlier in the campaign.

The latest, a 2-0 victory at Pride Park Stadium, was a victory that Huddlestone described as massive as Derby continue to fight for points in a tight race at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

After keeping their third consecutive clean sheet, the Rams remain seventh in the league, level on points with Bristol City in sixth spot.

“It was massive to win on Saturday, especially looking at the league table,” Huddlestone said of the win when speaking to RamsTV.

“Everyone around us seemed to pick up points so as much as we have to just concentrate on ourselves, it is important to stay in and around the top-six.

“Equally, I don’t think the top-two are out of sight either.

“Even Hull, we have kept them at arms distance, but if they had beaten us there would have only been a point in it.

“There are a few teams behind us who have been on good runs, like Hull, and Bristol City have risen up the table as well. There is still a long way to go and we have just got to keep grinding the results out.

“I think if we can add clean sheets to our performances, like we have of late, then we are likely to nick something down the other end.”

Wednesday evening will present another opportunity to pick up valuable points in the promotion race when they travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town.

Despite being at the bottom of the table having picked up three wins in their 31 games, Huddlestone believes there are no easy games in the league - and the squad will have to be at their best against Paul Lambert’s side.

“Obviously, the Championship is the Championship for a reason” the 32-year-old said.

“I watched a bit of their game at the weekend at Norwich City and they were in that for large parts of the game. Obviously, it is a local rivalry for them, so it probably meant that little bit more.

“They have got a fairly new manager, so he is probably still trying to get his ideas across, but it is always tough going down there.

“They are not on the best of runs, but it will be a difficult game. We need to stamp our authority on the game from minute one and if we play to our capabilities then we will give ourselves a chance of getting three points.”