Derby boss Billy Davies remains pleased to still be in sight of the other strugglers, despite their defeat at Reading.
"In the first half we conceded too many free-kicks and were down on energy. But we were much better in the second half, and one lapse of concentration has cost us dear," he said.
"I felt we got a better performance and deserved more than we got. We could have grabbed a win - even at the end of the game we had some good chances.
"We are getting much better and looking confident. The league table doesn't lie, but we could climb with a win."