McClaren calls upon Derby fans to create a good atmosphere for Reading game

Derby County face Reading needing to avoid defeat if they are to make it into the play-offs.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren insists that his side are confident of their chances of making 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 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. 

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