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09:30 31st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Midfielder says squad must reproduce Tuesday night’s performance this weekend …

Shaun Derry has urged his team-mates not to undo the good work done against Manchester City by slipping up on Saturday when Norwich come to Loftus Road.

The 35 year-old midfielder produced another combative display for QPR against the champions which helped earn the R’s a deserved share of the spoils.

Following the goalless draw, Derry told “There are a massive amount of positives we can take from that result. 

“We said in the dressing room afterwards that City won’t drop too many points between now and the end of the season. 

“In the grand scheme of things we’re bottom of the league so it was a nightmare night for them, but a fantastic one for us.”

Roberto Mancini’s men arrived in west London on the back of a fantastic run of form which had seen them win their previous six matches in all competitions.

But they came up against a resolute Rangers who thwarted the attacking threat of the visitors.

“Slowly but surely we are closing the gap on the others,” said Derry after seeing Rangers pick up their sixth point in January and extend their unbeaten league run to four games.

“We have had many twists and turns this year and we’re just trying to get closer to that group above us. It was a huge, huge point for us.

“We’ve said all along that we’ll have to put in more mighty performances if we’re going to get out of it and this was just one of the few we have to put in before the end of the season.”

While the result was cause for optimism, Derry admits he and his team-mates are sorry to see Ryan Nelsen leave the club.

The New Zealander is heading for pastures new, taking up a managerial role with MLS outfit Toronto, and Derry said: “It’s a big loss for us. 

“He has been our best player but we have to try and replace him. He has been amazing, not just as a player, but as a person as well.”

Nelsen received an incredible ovation from the R’s fans at the end of the game, while his team-mates formed a guard of honour as he headed off the pitch.

“It was Clint Hill’s idea to do that at the end,” Derry revealed. “We were all just buzzing to get the point so it was a great gesture by Clint.

“It was appreciated by Ryan, but he’s appreciated by all of us. He said afterwards that he couldn’t believe the send-off he got from the crowd too because he’s barely played 25 games for us. It was touching.”

The Canaries are next up in W12 and while their recent form is very different to that of Mancini’s men, Derry insists he and his team-mates must match the passion and commitment that was on show in midweek.

Chris Hughton’s side have picked up two points from the last 21 available, but Derry said: “We have to take Tuesday’s performance into the Norwich game.

“It’s no good taking a point against City and dropping three on Saturday. We must progress again and hopefully get all three points.”

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