"The period when we got back into the game was more like us," said Danny.
"We showed them what we can do when we get our sleeves rolled up. When we did that the Derby players knew they were in a game.
"But you can't give the two goals away that we did.
"We shouldn't have to respond. We should be in a position, on the front foot, at home to go at teams.
"We've got to go out there and put players under pressure and see how they respond but we didn't do that.
"Maybe we could have got an equaliser at the end but would it have been justified? Maybe not.
The Reds got back into the match thanks to Tomasz Cywka's brilliant solo goal and could have levelled in stoppage time but Chris O'Grady fired over from inside the area.
"Knowing Chris (O'Grady) I was thinking he'd at least hit the target but he's leant back," added Danny.
"There's a big task for a lot of teams down there. We go to Birmingham on New Year's Day and we'll hopefully get a result there and the window will be open.
"We're bottom of the league, we've not got enough points so every position has to be scrutinised. There's 23 games to go and a lot of points to play for."