Derry relishing top flight challenges

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QPR veteran Shaun Derry is confident the club are capable of beating the Barclays Premier League drop this season.

The Hoops have looked impressive in their last two outings, claiming a point against Newcastle United at Loftus Road before Saturday's 3-0 victory against Wolves at Molineux.

Deadline day signings have undoubtedly played a part in the early-season revival after a disappointing defeat to Bolton Wanderers on the opening day, but Derry believes there were already positive signs before Joey Barton, Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Phillips arrived in west London.

"I think when we got promoted last year everyone expected these signings to come through the door on day one and they didn't," Derry told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday.

"Then we started the season at Bolton and played really well for an hour and the result didn't do us any justice. It was hard but then we went to Everton and got a fantastic result."


The arrival of Tony Fernandes at the club has led to a huge morale boost for all involved with the R's, with the likes of former England captain David Beckham now linked with a move to the club.

Derry notes that a spirit and togetherness has quickly engulfed last season's Npower Championship winners, and the veteran is confident the club are slowly building towards a bright future in the English top flight.

"I'd been at the club over a year and I'd never spoke to the previous owner of the club and for me, that's wrong. There's a togetherness of the whole unit now and if you're going to progress at this level then you really need that," Derry continued.

"At Palace it was tough times, it really was. Each year I was there there were things going against us. The year when we had the 10-point deduction was absolutely crazy. We got on the plane to go and play Newcastle in 13th place and got off it second from bottom.

"I'm just loving football at the moment. It's brilliant. The club are slowly building the foundations to be a force at this level and if I was given an opportunity to work within that unit then I'd bite their hands off."

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