Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway challenges Yeni Ngbakoto to score more often ahead of Sheffield Wednesday trip
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2017
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QPR midfielder netted his first goal of the season on Tuesday night, but manager wants him to do it on a regular basis
Queens Park Rangers go in search of a third straight win at the start of the season when they visit Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday.
The west Londoners have made a fine start to the campaign, having beaten Reading on the opening day of the term last Saturday, before seeing off Northampton Town of League One in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Against the Cobblers in midweek, midfielder Yeni Ngbakoto scored the only goal of game, which was his first strike of the season.
And having opened his account for the campaign, QPR boss Ian Holloway has now challenged the 25-year-old to continue to get on the scoresheet ahead of the trip to Hillsborough on Saturday.
“Yeni scored and I’m expecting him to. To get it in there, you need someone on the end and Yeni has all of that,” said the 54-year-old.
“He has to do that on a regular basis. He’ll say ‘Thanks, I’ve played one and scored one, so why aren’t you picking me?’”
As well as hoping Ngbakoto gets on the scoresheet once more, Holloway will also be hoping striker Conor Washington is fit to face the Owls.
Against Reading last weekend, Washington scored both goals as QPR started their Championship campaign with a 2-0 home win.
However, on Tuesday night, the Northern Ireland international seemed to take a whack to his thigh after coming on as a second-half substitute against Northampton.
But after that match, Holloway confirmed there was nothing to worry about and that the 25-year-old would be fit to feature this weekend.
“Conor’s alright. He gets on a goalscoring run and he wants to keep playing. I’ll guarantee he’ll be fine,” added the QPR boss.
The win over the Cobblers on Tuesday was not the prettiest for the west Londoners, but it did ensure they started the season with back to back wins for the first time since the 2013/14 season, with Holloway a happy man.
“We scored one and they didn’t get any, that’s two clean sheets in a row,” he added. “Not the best, but I’ll take that all day long. Let’s see what we can do against Sheffield Wednesday.”
Following the trip to Sheffield this weekend, QPR are on the road again next Wednesday when they make the journey to Norfolk and Carrow Road to face Norwich City, now managed by German Daniel Farke.