The Rams have won seven, drawn two and lost just one of the 10 matches McClaren has overseen since replacing Nigel Clough in early October but he feels the former boss should be praise for the group of players he brought together at the renamed iPro Stadium.
"We are getting a good balance to the team but credit to Nigel Clough for bringing these players together," he said.
"It was a big call from (chief executive) Sam Rush to do what he did and all we have done is just come in and try to justify that decision and justify that belief Sam had, not only in myself but Paul (Simpson, first-team coach) and Eric (Steele, goalkeeping coach), and what we could do.
"I give all the credit to the players. We said when we came in that this team can play good football, is a good team and a good squad. It was just inconsistent.
"We want to get consistency and we are getting that at the present moment.
"We have to keep our feet on the ground. Results bring expectation but we know we have still got a lot of work to do and a long way to go."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball