QPR want to be heroes at home to the Villans

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo) - Credit: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo

Rs beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 at home on Tuesday night

Queens Park Rangers will look to make it five games without defeat in the Sky Bet Championship when they welcome Aston Villa on Friday night.

The Rs warmed up for the visit from the Villains with a 3-0 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

It was a performance which delighted QPR boss Steve McClaren no end, and the one-time England manager will surely hope his team can reach those levels again on Friday.

“The Sheffield Wednesday game was a big test for us after the win at Ipswich Town on Saturday,” he said.

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“We played against a very good team, a strong squad who were top six two games ago and they’ll be looking at the play-offs.

“The question was could we win at home against a team above us? We hadn’t done that and we did it on Tuesday, so that’s hugely satisfying.

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“It took us a while to get into the game. Sheffield Wednesday came out of the blocks very quickly, but we defended magnificently.

“The headers, the blocks and the combinations that we denied them with in and around the box, that was the platform for the win.

“We kept a clean sheet, but most satisfying for me was Tomer Hemed scored again, Luke Freeman scored with his head and Nahki Wells finally got off the mark.”

It has been a brilliant turnaround for QPR and McClaren, who had taken plenty of flak after starting the league season with four straight defeats.

Now, the Loftus Road club are quietly trundling along with a positive atmosphere around the club.

But McClaren remains all too aware how quickly things can change in the English second tier.

“It is a crazy division. Your only target when you start the season is to get to 50 points as soon as possible,” he added.

“After four games we had none, so we were in a pit and said it’ll take a lot of effort to get out, but we’re doing that.”

As well as chasing a fifth game without defeat against Villa, the Rs will also hope Friday’s clash brings a third clean sheet in succession.

And McClaren was pleased with how his team fare defensively against the Owls.

“We had to defend well against Sheffield Wednesday. We had to defend our box well with big players in there, and that was the platform for the win,” he said.

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