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Dunne: ‘We must stop Martin’


Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne

RICHARD DUNNE has pin-pointed Derby County striker Chris Martin as QPR’s main threat ahead off Saturday’s winner-takes-all Premier League play-off final.

The Dubliner is desperate to get back to the Premier League and is relishing Saturday’s challenge.

“He’s had a great season,” said Dunne when asked about Martin.

“He’s a very important player for them.

“He holds the ball up; he’s physically very strong.

“They break quick and for them to do that, they rely on his hold up play.

“We know what to expect of him, but stopping him is an altogether different matter - hopefully on Saturday we can keep him quiet and he will have an off day.”

Dunne insists he is relishing the challenge and claims Harry Redknapp’s QPR have prepared very well.

“It’s a good challenge,” added Dunne.

“As a centre half, you know what you’re going to get when you come up against someone like him.

“We’ll work on our game plan all week and if we stick to it and show the ability we have, we’re confident we can get the result we all want,” he said.

“We showed against Wigan how much we want it and it’s up to us to step up and get the job done. Preparation is key this week, it’s vitally important.

“We need to build on what we did against Wigan, on and off the pitch.

“The game plan will be clear - we know what we’ll need to do.”