Matthew Clarke’s header from Tom Lawrence’s corner midway through the second half proved decisive in what was a tight encounter at Pride Park and saw the Tigers slip to back-to-back league defeats for only the third time this season.
As a result, Grant McCann’s side now find themselves six points adrift of the top six in the Championship table and 28-year-old centre-back has called on all inside the Tigers’ camp to “move on swiftly” from the disappointment.
“A loss is always a disappointing result,” he said.
“We defended resiliently for long periods and frustrated Derby, so we really should’ve kept a clean sheet. One lapse of concentration has ultimately cost us a point, which is frustrating because we’re better than that.
“With the amount of work we do on defending set-pieces, everyone knows their roles. We work on them all the time. We’ll just have to look back at it, break it down and figure out where we went wrong as a team to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“Performance-wise, I thought we did okay. We executed our game-plan pretty well but we just lacked a cutting edge. We weren’t as ruthless as we normally are.
“I think both teams frustrated each other and when you play in tight games like that, you need to use all of your experience to make sure you’re the team that comes out on top.
“Unfortunately, it was Derby who came out on top yesterday but we need to move on swiftly. At this stage of the season, it’s all about the teams that can string a run of results together. That is key.
“If you can go on a decent run now, it can really rocket you up the table. It’s still very tight but we just need to make sure we keep doing what we’re good at. If we do that, I’m confident we’ll pick up the positive results we need to achieve our goal this season.”