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Nasser El Khayati - see his cracker against Charlton above - will take a lower finish than west London rivals Brentford if it means QPR is better equipped to deal with next season.

The derby adversaries were matched for the first time in 12 league seasons this campaign, with each winning at home. Bees triumphed for the first time since 1965 back at the end of October, and then got trounced 3-0 at Loftus Road in March.

But the final league standings matter little to the Dutch striker , who said: “Brentford are very close to us in the table and I don’t know how many times QPR is a bigger club than them, but we are more looking towards our own development.

“I would much prefer to finish lower than them and get the basics back, so that we are ready for next season”.

And after joining from Burton Albion on transfer deadline day in February, El Khayati reckons more of what he enjoyed at the promotion winning club Rs face next season is what's needed in W12.

He added, “At Burton I think our best strength was that we were a team. Maybe we didn’t have the best quality compared to our opponents, but I think the gaffer did a good job altogether – in my opinion that is more important than quality.

“A few contracts are ending here but I don’t think it’s going to destroy the atmosphere – not at all.

"The basics are there now and most of the boys will be here next season, but it will be good when some new players come in as well.

“I like to be around my team-mates – it makes you happier and then it is obviously easier on the pitch when you have a good relationship with each other.

“So we will make any new signings welcome and then we will go from there.”

In order to finish above Brentford, QPR must win at Burnley, and again at home to Bristol City on Saturday, and hope Bees gain no more than a point in their last game at Huddersfield.

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