No sweeping changes for Swindon
PUBLISHED: 13:31 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky IAIN Dowie has pledged to send a strong side to Swindon on Tuesday night as QPR attempt to improve on their abysmal cup record. Rangers have only progressed beyond the second round of the League Cup once in the last 12 years – and even that s
By Ben Kosky
IAIN Dowie has pledged to send a strong side to Swindon on Tuesday night as QPR attempt to improve on their abysmal cup record.
Rangers have only progressed beyond the second round of the League Cup once in the last 12 years - and even that statistic makes favourable reading alongside their catalogue of calamities in the FA Cup.
Last season, former boss John Gregory fielded several reserve players in the first round at home to Leyton Orient and watched his side deservedly lose 2-1.
"If you disrespect the lower leagues, you get punched in the nose," Dowie observed. "We'd never underestimate any team and we'll treat Swindon with the utmost respect.
"I've got a lot of faith in my squad. I've made changes in cup games before, but it won't be root and branch change. My view is we want to go to Swindon and win and we'll go there with a strong team."
Dowie accepts his squad's strength in depth will be tested during the first few games of the season, with two creative players - Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky - still on the injured list and a third, Martin Rowlands, suspended.
"It's unfortunate that we're missing them, but we'll have to cope with that," added the QPR manager. "I'm a great lover of Akos, I've seen Martin's qualities and I like Viney's spikiness - he can't wait to get back."
Defender Damion Stewart will be available again at the County Ground after sitting out the Barnsley game through suspension.