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Ian Holloway confident Queens Park Rangers can win at Derby County despite lengthy list of absentees

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 November 2017

Massimo Luongo (right) wins the ball back for Queens Park Rangers against Wolverhampton Wanderers (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

Massimo Luongo (right) wins the ball back for Queens Park Rangers against Wolverhampton Wanderers (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

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The Rs will be without several players tonight at Pride Park as they look to end winless run on the road

Queens Park Rangers will be without a number of players for their Championship clash at Derby County tonight.

Boss Ian Holloway told the official club website the likes of Massimo Luongo and Jordan Cousins are among the many to miss out at the Rams.

The Rs are looking to bounce back following a frustrating 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa last weekend, but it won’t be easy at Pride Park.

Holloway said: “We’ve picked up a few knocks after the weekend. ‘Mass’ is still ill and hasn’t travelled, which is a shame.

“Jordan is out too. He jarred his knee on Saturday just before half-time. It’s just a precaution and we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for Brentford.

“We also lost Darnell Furlong (knee) and Bright Osayi-Samuel (ankle) yesterday morning in training, so that’s disappointing, because they were both in contention.”

With so many absent, Michael Petrasso, Paul Smyth and Ilias Chair have travelled up to Derby with the squad.

“Late drop-outs owing to injury are never ideal, but that’s where you’ve got to utilise your squad,” said Holloway.

“It’s an opportunity for those coming into the squad to impress and knowing those boys as I do, I know they’ll be looking to lay down a marker if they play their part.”

QPR are only five points off eighth-placed County ahead of the two clubs doing battle at Pride Park.

Holloway’s team are further down the table in 15th and still without a victory away from home this season.

Their experienced manager is hoping a recent in-house conversation will help them move towards winning on the road.

He added: “The whole mindset away from home needs to change for us. It’s something we’ve discussed and it’s something we’ve been working on.

“We need to look at the way we play on our travels, but I’m not going to talk publicly about how we do that, because we don’t want to give away our game-plan.

“What I will say is that I’ve got every confidence and belief in this group of players to go and get a result at a place like Pride Park.

“I mean that when I say it, because I work with these players every day of the week and I believe in what we’re doing day in, day out, week in, week out.

“We feel we’ve deserved more from a lot of our away performances this season and hopefully we’ll get what we deserve soon - but we’ll have to earn the right.”

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