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McClaren: We need a group effort on Saturday

AS Steve McClaren prepares for this weekend’s west London derby with Brentford, the QPR chief believes it will take a ‘group effort’ to be successful.

Fresh from being named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October, McClaren now has the Bees in his sights.

His first task this week has been to get last Saturday’s narrow defeat out of the system.

“This is the Championship and this is what it’s all about,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“You are going to lose games – and we were disappointed to lose that one late on – and we’ve said to the players, ‘Ok, let’s get back to work on the training field and give a reaction on Saturday.’

“We want a reaction in terms of performance, and hopefully from that performance will come the result.

“We will need the supporters right with us. In the last few home games, they have been fantastic for us, driving us forward and sticking by us during tough times in those games. That’s what we will need on Saturday.

“I call these derby games a ‘group effort’. We need the players and the fans to be at it, and it starts with the players – they need to be aggressive from the start and get the crowd going to create a great atmosphere.”

QPR’s last defeat prior to the loss at Ewood Park came at Swansea in September. The R’s responded by taking 13 points from the next 15 available.

And it is that type of character he wants to see again.

“It’s all about how you react,” McClaren added. “How the team reacts, how the club reacts. We experienced a few of them early in the season and we have always tried to stay calm and be consistent in terms of our approach.

“We will continue to do that.”

Brentford won 2-0 at Millwall last weekend to end a run of nine games without a victory. Despite them being under new management in the shape of Thomas Frank, McClaren doesn’t expect Saturday’s opposition to move too far away from the style that has been successful for them in recent years.

“Brentford’s style of play is really inbred into them,” the R’s boss said. “They have a great identity and it is working for them.

“They stick to what they do and they do it well so this will be a tough game. We will have to be at our very best this weekend to get near to a good result.”

In Neal Maupay Brentford have the division’s top scorer with 11 goals, and McClaren added: “They play good football, they like to get forward and they are a good team. We expect Brentford to play their football and be attacking.”

With Loftus Road close to a sell-out, McClaren’s message to his players ahead of kick-off is clear.

“We need a reaction and we want them to show a willingness in their approach,” he said.

“We want to get back to winning ways and to do that they will have to do their jobs individually.”

Geoff Cameron is available for selection after missing last weekend’s game with a hamstring strain while a late decision will be made on Tomer Hemed who also missed the trip to Blackburn with a groin injury.

We need the players and the fans to be at it.

Steve McClaren