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DERRY: MORE OF THE SAME

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11:00 4th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's midfielder eyes repeat performance ...

SHAUN DERRY wants QPR to build on success at Chelsea by notching back-to-back wins for the first time this season when the R’s face West Brom on Saturday.

Premier League survival is temporarily put to one side as attentions turn to the FA Cup as Rangers play host to the Baggies in the third round.

Derry recognises that retaining the R’s top flight status remains the priority but highlights the importance of following up their midweek heroics with another strong display.

“Saturday is really important for us,” he said.

“Obviously after Wednesday night’s result you’re looking to get your league form back-on-track first and foremost and that’s our main concern.

“But it’s important that we go into Saturday’s game and put back-to-back positive performances - and hopefully results - together because we haven’t done that this year.”

The R’s unexpected triumph at Stamford Bridge reduced the gap to safety to five points and Derry admits their midweek heroics have given the side renewed hope of survival. 

He added: “I stopped looking at the league table a few weeks ago, it was really depressing.

“It’s funny how things can change. That [win] can give us a real platform now. 

“You don’t want to get carried away obviously because it’s only one win. But it can really push us on to try to get into that next bunch of teams as quickly as possible. 

“It’s a massive platform for us but we’d be fools to get carried away.

“We all realise what state we’re all in and we’ve got to make sure our results improve.”

Victory was a welcome relief following three successive defeats as the travelling R’s faithful witnessed just their second win of the league season. 

The final whistle also signalled maximum points on the road for the first time since November 2011, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the away end at full-time.

“It was incredible, absolutely unbelievable,” Derry said.

“When you went to the corner and saw our fans celebrating the way they were you just wanted to be part of it. 

“It was a fantastic night for QPR, regardless of what’s happened this season.”

After this weekend’s cup outing the R’s return to league action with two more crucial London derbies in the form of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Last season’s survival was inspired by five home wins on the bounce at the tail end and Derry hopes they can reproduce the form which ensured their safety last time around.

“They’re massive games,” he said.

“12 months ago we had some fantastic victories against the real big teams and we’ve got to do that again this year.”

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