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McClaren: Our attitude must be right

STEVE McClaren is keen to highlight the threat of Rotherham United to his players ahead of tonight’s trip to south Yorkshire.

This evening’s opposition may sit just two points above the relegation zone but they have a home record which is the envy of a number of Championship sides.

The Millers have picked up 16 points from nine fixtures at the New York Stadium this season, losing only once – Birmingham are the only team in the division to have lost fewer fixtures on home soil.

As McClaren prepares for that test, he goes into it on the back of another positive result for the R’s.

A brace from Angel Rangel helped the Hoops pick up a creditable point at Stoke City on Saturday, but the ever-demanding McClaren is calling for more from his men.

“There were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things in that performance,” he said.

“In the first 20 minutes, we were excellent. That’s what we asked for and the players gave it to us.

“We lost a little belief after Stoke’s equaliser but we started the second half very well and were controlling the game – then we conceded. But the reaction from us to going behind was excellent.

“We changed the shape and that’s something we have worked on in training – a plan B if we need to go for it.

“We put two up top and went to a diamond to open the game right up. We got the equaliser through Angel, although I don’t know why he again was so far up the pitch but I’m glad he was!

“After that, we defended admirably to get the point.”

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McClaren says that same attitude will be needed again tonight if QPR are to achieve another positive away result.

“Rotherham have a great home record,” he said. “I saw their game against Sheffield United on TV (a game which finished 2-2) and they dominated that one and should have won it.

“They play to their strengths and if our attitude is not right we will lose the game.”

Complacency against a team at the wrong end of the table is a trait which McClaren is determined his squad avoid.

“We said to the players before the Bolton game, before the Ipswich game, that if they’re not right they will lose,” he explained.

“It’s about having the right attitude, approaching it right, it’s about the process, how we prepare and make sure that come kick-off they are ready.

"Believe me, if you’re not ready Rotherham will punish you. And they’ve shown that.

“We have gone through with the players what we liked and what we didn’t like about the Stoke performance. We’ve told them ‘if we do these things on Tuesday, we’ll win. But if we do these things on Tuesday, we’ll lose!’”

Geoff Cameron is available for selection after being unable to play against his parent club Stoke on Saturday, while McClaren has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s fixture.

If our attitude is not right we will lose the game.

Steve McClaren
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