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McClaren: Brentford are a different beast now

BRENTFORD are a different beast to the side QPR beat 3-2 at Loftus Road earlier this season according to boss Steve McClaren.

On that occasion Bees manager, Thomas Frank had only been in charge at Griffin Park for less than a month as a 10-minute spell in the second half from the R’s saw Rangers claim victory.

But with Brentford undefeated in their last eight matches on home soil, including two matches that have seen them score five times in both, McClaren is expecting a different match this time around.

“I think they are a completely different team now from when we beat them earlier in the season,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk.

“They had a new manager but I thought it was a nice open game and we managed to be on top. It was a great win but that’s history and we have to continue it.

“They are a different team playing a different formation - 3-4-3 - they aren’t just winning at home. they are beating Blackburn by five and Hull by five and Villa, that we went to watch, they could easily have won three or four.

“I’ve been to Brentford before. It’s a tight stadium a bit like ours and they will come out of the traps fast in the first 20 minutes.

“They are a very, very good team at home and QPR fans will probably know more than me what they are like. We have to go there tomorrow and be as strong as we were on Tuesday night.”

Meanwhile, McClaren also offered an update on the injury status of Geoff Cameron and Angel Rangel.

The pair have been missing since the start of December with an ankle and thigh problems respectively.

Cameron trained with the squad for the first time on Thursday, whilst Rangel is still 7-10 days away from resuming full training.

“Geoff Cameron joined in a little bit with the group on Thursday for a little bit which is good,” confirmed Steve.

“We need him back on the field with a good weeks training next week.

“Angel Rangel, maybe next week but if not the week after, we hope to have him return to training. It’s been a long time but they are getting close now.”

It’s a tight stadium a bit like ours and they will come out of the traps fast in the first 20 minutes.

Steve McClaren