The R’s sit 11th on the top flight table and despite a 2-1 loss to fellow promotion winners Norwich City last weekend, Derry feels the West Londoners have made a good start to life in this division.
"I think that we're more than holding our own. We've played very well at times this season,” he told the club’s official website.
"Sometimes, like last week at Norwich, you think you could have got something from the game and when you don't, it disappoints you.
"But I suppose that's just the quality of the league, you've got no divine right to win games, just as we saw last weekend."