QPR midfielder Henry hoping to secure first start against Southampton

QPR midfielder Karl Henry

QPR midfielder Karl Henry - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Karl Henry is looking to secure his first Premier League start of the season when QPR visit Southampton on Saturday.

The 31-year-old came off the bench to good affect against Stoke to help Rangers secure a draw and with Joey Barton and Jordan Mutch both struggling with hamstring injuries he could earn a place in Harry Redknapp’s starting XI on Saturday.

Henry said: “We all bring something different to the team and I’ve been a defensive midfielder – that’s my job.

“I think what we lose in offensive play when I get on the pitch we gain in defensive play I guess.

“I know what I bring to the team and what my job is and when I get on the pitch hopefully I do that every time I get the opportunity and if its good enough for me to get another game then great and if it’s not I will bide my time and work hard until I can.”


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Henry impressed with his usual aggressive style and did his best to get forward even though he admits it doesn’t come naturally.

He added: “I don’t really like to get forward I’ll be honest but when you are 2-1 down and we need a goal then I think you’ve got to take that responsibility and try to drive forward.”

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Henry is confident that Rangers will avoid another 4-0 defeat away from home this Saturday.

He said: Southampton are playing well and probably feeling that they have got no pressure on them because everyone expected them to be falling apart and they’ve actually been the opposite.

“They’ve been playing really well and had some great results.

“I don’t think people will be expecting us to go there and get thumped.

“I have no doubt that we will go to Southampton and put in a better performance than we did against Manchester United and Spurs.”

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