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Calmness key for McClaren

Derby boss Steve McClaren has urged his players to treat Saturday's Championship play-off final against QPR as just another game.

The Rams travel to Wembley hoping to upset Harry Redknapp's plans of a quick return to the Premier League but McClaren is calling for a calm approach.

"It will be a great occasion and it is important that we treat it like a normal game," said the former England manager ahead of a match which could net the winners upwards of 100m.

"I understand that the stadium we will be playing in is bigger and the occasion is a big one, but the pitch is the same, the dimensions are the same and we have to treat it as another game," he added.

"We have prepared as normal and set the week out as we would for any other game. Now we just want a normal performance from the players."

The trip to the headquarters of English football will be the first time McClaren has sat in the dugout since the ill-fated clash with Croatia in 2007, when England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.