Friday 04 May 2012
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry is confident there will be no hangover from the heavy defeat by Chelsea as his side prepares for Sunday’s crucial contest against Stoke City.
Rangers were beaten 6-1 by London rivals Chelsea last weekend, a result that leaves them above the relegation places on goal difference with two matches of the Barclays Premier League season remaining.
But Derry insists his squad have got that result out of their system and are fully focused on the Stoke match at Loftus Road.
"What we have done, when we have let ourselves down is react well"
- Shaun Derry
"It hasn't been a case of trying to pick people's chins up. Training has been sharp," he told the club's official website.
"That defeat hurt but there's no point dwelling on what happened.
"We were under no illusions as to how hard the Chelsea game would be. We knew it was going to be a huge bonus point if we'd have got one there but we were unable to do that.
"Was it a kick up the backside? Well, we've had a few this year haven't we?
"But what we have done, when we have let ourselves down is react well. And we are hoping to do the same this weekend."
And Derry said he understood how vital this weekend's match is.
"We always knew Stoke was going to be the big game, and that would seem to be the case after the Bolton result against Tottenham on Tuesday night," he added.
"It's a very important weekend for us and we need to be on top form.
"I think if you asked any side fighting relegation, they would want it to be about them and their results rather than other teams' fixtures. And we are in that position.
"Now it is about how we approach these last two games. We can't rely on other teams. We have to take care of ourselves and make things happen.
"And we have to do that starting with Stoke on Sunday. It's going to be an almighty game."