Derby County face Reading needing to avoid defeat if they are to make it into the play-offs.
Derby take on Reading this weekend knowing that they must avoid defeat if they are to secure their position in the top six and McClaren says that he has every confidence his side are prepared for the task ahead.
The iPro Stadium is sure to be a nervous place, but McClaren believes that his team won't struggle in the pressurised environment.
McClaren: "The mood is fantastic in the group and the lads are determined. We've come back a lot of times lately and shown great character"— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) April 30, 2015
McClaren: "We're unbeaten in our last six games and now we need to finish the job. Our fate is in our hands - we need to win the match"— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) April 30, 2015
McClaren: "The biggest influence on Saturday can be the #dcfcfans. We need a tremendous atmosphere from the very first whistle"— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) April 30, 2015
McClaren is in a positive mood and he will be determined to ensure that his players do not choke on the big occasion.
The Rams may be unbeaten in their last six games, but they have won just two of their last 12 and that is the reason why they have fallen down the table.
In March, Derby appeared to be amongst the favourites to lift the title, but they have failed to keep pace with the leading pack and now face a big fight for promotion.
The Rams know how cruel the play-offs can be, having lost in the final last season, and they will be determined to ensure this campaign has a much happier ending.