DUNNE: THIS IS MATCH OF MY ‘Play-off pres­sure is high as any­thing’

The Football League Paper - - PROFILE ON - By Chris Dunlavy

QPR cen­tre-back Richard Dunne may have played in a World Cup for Ire­land, but the 34-year-old in­sists it won’t ease the nerves ahead of to­mor­row’s do-or­die clash at Lof­tus Road.

The for­mer Man City man has made more than 300 Pre­mier League ap­pear­ances and won 80 caps for the Repub­lic, in­clud­ing a World Cup in 2002 and the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships two years ago.

But with £90m rid­ing on to­mor­row’s show­down, Dunne be­lieves the Cham­pi­onship play-offs are just as im­por­tant.

“There’s be nerves, and ex­cite­ment,” said the de­fender, who ex­celled as the Hoops ground out a 0-0 draw at the DW on Fri­day.

“The pres­sure in the play­offs is as high as any­thing. For the club, fi­nan­cially, for the sup­port­ers, and for us as play­ers. We all want to be in the Pre­mier League.

“Yes, I’ve played in big games. But it’s all about now. This is the big­gest game for me, for the club. Mon­day night is mas­sive, and we can’t un­der­es­ti­mate what it means.

“Ev­ery­one knows our aim was to win the league, and fail­ing that sec­ond place. As the sea­son’s gone we’ve fallen short. We’ve been lucky, I guess, get­ting this sec­ond chance. But af­ter Mon­day, there are no sec­ond chances.

“What­ever pres­sure is on us,

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