Derry vows QPR won't sit back at Derby
By Ben Kosky SHAUN Derry says there can be no room for complacency when QPR take their 100 per cent record to Derby this weekend. Rangers 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe, their third straight league win, took them to the Championship summit for the first tim
By Ben Kosky
SHAUN Derry says there can be no room for complacency when QPR take their 100 per cent record to Derby this weekend.
Rangers' 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe, their third straight league win, took them to the Championship summit for the first time since they dropped out of the top flight in 1996.
That inevitably establishes the Rs as a greater scalp for their next opponents and Derry, who has started each game since his summer move from Crystal Palace, insists there must be no let-up in intensity at Pride Park.
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"It's vital that we don't go into the Derby game resting on our laurels - if we do that it could come back to bite us where it hurts," Derry told the Times.
"We've set ourselves a platform and we're top of the league, but let's not forget it's only three games. Teams will put runs together throughout the season and all we've done so far is a three-game unbeaten run.
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"We really performed in the first half against Scunthorpe and the second half was just about making sure we had a clean sheet and the win at the end of the game.
"If you look at teams that have got out of this division in the past, they've been hard to beat and prided themselves on a good defensive record. That's what we're trying to do here.
"It's about carrying momentum into the next game and repeating what's already got you success. I'm a Nottingham lad, so playing against Derby's always a special occasion for me.
"I've always enjoyed playing against Robbie Savage too - he's a character on and off the field. You might have words with him, but deep down all he wants to do is win for his side and that can't be a bad thing."
The tough-tackling midfielder, who captained Palace under Neil Warnock, had seemed an obvious choice to take the skipper's armband last Saturday when Fitz Hall was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
But the Rangers boss surprisingly opted to hand the captaincy to Adel Taarabt instead, and Derry wholeheartedly backed that decision after the Moroccan's dazzling display proved instrumental in securing the Scunthorpe result.
"We're very fortunate that we've got a number of candidates for the captaincy at the club," Derry added. "Adel's such an enthusiastic type of player that wearing the armband meant the world to him.
"It set him on fire for the first 45 minutes and in that time the game was ended, so I was more than happy to see it go his way.
"When you've got individual talents like we've got here, you want them to be on top of their game.