Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloways hopes QPR ‘get what they deserve’ against Sunderland

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 March 2018

Queens Park Rangers stopper Alex Smithies, who turned 28 on Monday, beats Derby County forward David Nugent to the ball (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

Queens Park Rangers stopper Alex Smithies, who turned 28 on Monday, beats Derby County forward David Nugent to the ball (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

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Rs welcome Championship’s bottom club to Loftus Road on Saturday

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Tim Goode/PA)Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

Manager Ian Holloway believes Queens Park Rangers can win at home to Sunderland in the Championship on Saturday — as long as they play like they did against Derby County on Tuesday.

The Rs played out a 1-1 draw with the Rams at Loftus Road in midweek, with Australian international Massimo Luongo netting a late equaliser for the west Londoners.

It was a point that ensured QPR start the weekend 10 points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place.

Victory over Black Cats side who currently prop up the standings in the division would see Holloway’s men take another big stride towards safety.

And the Rs boss is fully aware of the importance of his team’s next encounter in the league.

“Saturday is a ‘muck-and-nails’ things. What a game that is now. Let’s get three points and we’ll all be a lot happier,” said the ex-Crystal Palace manager.

“I think we should deserve the win and we should follow through with how well we’ve done.

“The midfield against Derby looked like they had all season, whereas in the previous game (a 5-2 loss to Nottingham Forest), they didn’t look like that at all.”

Paul Smyth could well keep hold of his starting berth for the Rs this weekend after impressing in midweek against Derby.

Ebere Eze also caught the eye after coming on as a second-half substitute against the Rams.

The pair are part of a group of promising youngsters coming through the ranks with the west Londoners, but Holloway has urged caution about overhyping them.

“We have that little sprinkle of stardust here and there, which is what QPR fans always want,” added the 54-year-old.

“They’re young at the minute, so they have to come through, believe in themselves and impose themselves.

“Smythy (Paul Smyth) did that and I think Ebere looked like he could do that, so he has to do that more and more because he can make a difference.

“It’s about the group learning to do this and learning in a game like the Derby one where we needed points.

“We have the last quarter of the season left. I have some talented young lads, but they have to learn the game.”

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