Belfast Telegraph

Derry: Plan worked to perfection

Shaun Derry has revealed he knew QPR were heading for an historic west London derby win when he saw Chelsea's players lose it with referee Chris Foy.

Rangers' 1-0 win could hardly have come in more dramatic or controversial fashion, with Chelsea forced to play more than half the game with nine men after Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba both saw red. The Blues' indiscipline ultimately proved costly as they picked up seven yellow cards and conceded a needless penalty to lose the game.

"We knew we were doing our job right - we knew what we were doing was paying off," Derry said. "They have a knack these big players of perhaps persuading the refs to make different decisions, but I thought the ref was very strong."

He added: "We definitely had a game plan where we wanted to unnerve them and put them under pressure in the right areas. I thought it came off.

"What do you do? Do you sit off these players and let them dictate or get amongst them and mix it with them? I don't think we were vicious in any way or over aggressive.

"These top, top players aren't used to losing and to teams of our stature. Perhaps it hurts them and it shows even the best players can lose their heads."

"If it happened to us, we would have taken it on the chin. I though the ref reffed it superbly."

Derry was one of only two Rangers players booked following a bust-up with Frank Lampard, who he nevertheless considered asking to swap shirts.

"I had my shirt in my hand but perhaps that was pushing it a bit," said the 33-year-old, who spent almost his entire career in the lower leagues and is enjoying a second bite at the big time.

"I'm loving my football and I don't want it to end. I realise it will come to an end but I will look back on this day with a great deal of fondness."


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