Hill: QPR players won’t be distracted
QPR defender Clint Hill says Neil Warnock will keep the players’ minds totally fixed on the job during a period of uncertainty at Loftus Road.
Rangers’ apparently insurmountable lead at the top of the Championship could be under threat after the club were hit by seven charges of breaching FA regulations relating to the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin.
There has been wide-ranging speculation that the Rs could incur a fine or points deduction before the end of the season, but Hill insists there is no danger of the players being distracted by off-field events.
The left-back was a member of Warnock’s Crystal Palace side when the Eagles slid into administration and, having been docked 10 points, serious danger of relegation just over a year ago.
Hill recalled: “There had been that threat for a while and we were flying to a game at Newcastle, then the plane landed and suddenly everyone’s phones started going left, right and centre.
“There was a bit of a siege mentality and a feeling that everyone was against us, and I have to say, seeing those points coming off your total is not a nice feeling.
“We had a meeting at the hotel to clarify the situation and the manager just told us what we needed to do. Thankfully, even though it went to the wire, we got the points we needed to stay up.
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“Neil Warnock’s such an experienced manager – he gets his players playing for him and he keeps you focused on the job. There’s been a fantastic team spirit at QPR as well.
“There’s nothing the players can do about what might happen. All we can do is go out and get the results and I’m sure we’ve got a strong enough squad to cope with whatever’s thrown at us.”
Rangers proved their resilience last Saturday by shrugging off the midweek defeat at Millwall, dealing Hill’s former club a blow to their latest survival battle with a 2-1 win at Loftus Road.
And, on paper, the Rs should take another step towards the Premier League when they visit Doncaster, who are hovering in the lower reaches of mid-table, this weekend.
“You could easily get carried away with the position we’re in – over the last week and a half the results of teams around us have been going in our favour and people might be easing off,” added Hill.
“But, if you look at some of those results – Scunthorpe beating Swansea, for instance – you realise that when you underestimate teams they can punish you.
“If you’re not 100 per cent and you don’t keep your shape and discipline, you’ll get beaten. Doncaster are a decent side who have shocked some bigger teams.
“They keep the ball well and they created quite a few chances last time we played them, without getting the luck. We just managed to get the goals at the right time to kill them off.”
Rangers announced last week that they would deny all seven of the FA charges brought against the club and chairman Gianni Paladini.
They are accused of a third-party agreement with regard to Faurlin’s ‘economic rights’, as well as using an unauthorised agent and falsifying documents relating to the player’s contract extension.