The Rams now face back-to-back away games against Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers
Derby County and Reading both faces back-to-back away games as the Championship relegation battle hots up.
Barnsley, on the other hand, have three consecutive home fixtures.
The Rams beat Barnsley 2-0 at the Pride Park Stadium on Saturday thanks to Ravel Morrison's double.
Coupled with Reading's home defeat by Millwall, the gap between the Rams and safety in the table closed to five points.
The bottom three is made up of Peterborough United on 21 points from 34 games, Barnsley 23 from 34, and Derby 24 from 36 matches played. Reading sit just above the relegation zone on 29 points from 35 games.
The goal difference of the four sides is – Reading -26, Derby -3, Barnsley -26, Peterborough -45.
"Don't talk about that!" Rams' assistant manager Liam Rosenior said when asked about the table.
"When we played against Cardiff and Millwall and lost against Luton, we stayed really calm because the performances were good. When you perform well on a consistent basis, results come. That is really, really important," Rosenior added.
"I don't look at the league table. The season is about points' accumulation. If we get to a certain amount of points, we will be safe. So it is just about moving onto the next game."
Reading first-team coach Michael Gilkes told BBC Radio Berkshire after their 1-0 defeat by Millwall: "The performance was positive but we're very disappointed with the result. There was no lack of commitment today, that's for sure. Did we perform? Yes, we did. Did we get the result? No.
"Nothing's really changed for us, we're all in it together – everybody rallying round to make sure we get enough points to stay in this league."
Barnsley now have a run of home games and their manager Poya Asbaghi said: "It's a big disappointment for us, we knew the importance of this game and over 90 minutes we have to play better. We’re really disappointed not to win this game, but it’s not 12 points we lost – it’s three points. We have to bounce back."
Peterborough lost 3-0 at Huddersfield on Friday night. Their manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I can see there's going to be lots and lots of work to do with this group to find that killer edge that we need at the top end of the pitch.
"Confidence is a big thing in football and when you are losing games it plays on your mind – you don't want to take a risk, you would rather keep it and be safe, and we need to get that out of them."
TABLE – BOTTOM FOUR
Pos P GD Pts
21 Reading 35 -26 29
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22 Derby 36 -3 24
23 Barnsley 34 -26 23
24 Peterboro 34 -45 21
NEXT FIVE GAMES
READING (Pos21 P35 GD-26 Pts29
Mar 12 Nottingham Forest v Reading
Mar 15 Bournemouth v Reading
Mar 19 Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Apr 2 Barnsley v Reading
Apr 5 Reading v Stoke City
DERBY COUNTY (Pos22 P36 GD-3 Pts24)
Mar 12 Bournemouth v Derby
Mar 15 Blackburn Rovers v Derby
Mar 19 Derby v Coventry
Apr 2 Derby v Preston North End
Apr 9 Swansea City v Derby
BARNSLEY (Pos23 P34 GD-26 Pts23)
Mar 8 Barnsley v Stoke City
Mar 12 Barnsley v Fulham
Mar 15 Barnsley v Bristol City
Mar 19 Sheffield United v Barnsley
Apr 2 Barnsley v Reading
PETERBOROUGH UNITED (Pos24 P34 GD-45 Pts21)
Mar 8 Bournemouth v Peterborough United
Mar 12 Peterborough United v Stoke City
Mar 16 Peterborough United v Swansea City
Mar 20 Queens Park Rangers v Peterborough United
Apr 2 Peterborough United v Middlesbrough

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