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PUBLISHED: 12:46 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010

IN a funny way, I think what happened at Sheffield United on Saturday has helped to take the pressure off us a bit. We re not the Chelsea of the Championship as some people have said – other teams have spent a lot more than we have – and we weren t ever

IN a funny way, I think what happened at Sheffield United on Saturday has helped to take the pressure off us a bit.

We're not the 'Chelsea of the Championship' as some people have said - other teams have spent a lot more than we have - and we weren't ever going to win all 46 games with a string of 20-pass goals.

This is the hardest league to get out of and, if anyone was getting carried away by some of the stuff that's been said in the press, this result will bring them down to earth with a bump.

Obviously we'd prefer never to lose 3-0 but, if it's going to happen, we'd rather it was now so that we can learn the lessons and work on what went wrong.

We're trying to play football but at the same time we can't afford to lose in a scrap and an awful lot of the 50-50s went Sheffield United's way in that first half.

Fair play to them and Billy Sharp - he took his goals well - but it was always going to be difficult when we were chasing the game and, even though we had chances in the second half, it was all a bit too late.

Now we have to make sure we bounce back this weekend against Doncaster and keep the home form we built up last season going.

Of the three teams that came up from League One last season, I'd say Doncaster are probably the one we know least about - but we do know they're a good footballing side with a lot of young players coming through.

I'm counting our blessings that we're at home again on Tuesday in the Carling Cup because I've been to Carlisle a fair few times and, let me tell you, it's a horrible place to go for a midweek game, simply because it's so far.

Carlisle's home form gets them results every season, but thankfully it's them who have to come a long way and we need to take advantage of that.

They nearly got promoted last season and I'm sure it'll be quite a battle, but we want to do well in the cups and, as we did at Swindon, we'll have a strong side out.

Finally, it's a year ago this weekend since we lost one of our team-mates, Ray Jones, and when that happens it puts everything into perspective.

Among all the great young players we've got at the club now - some from different countries - Ray was one of our own and he would have been a part of the QPR revolution.

I'm proud to have played and worked with Ray Jones - he's fondly remembered and, whatever changes have taken place at QPR in the last year, he will never be forgotten.

This Saturday is all about quietly remembering Ray and what he achieved at QPR - and then paying tribute to him by beating Doncaster.

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