QPR ‘showing some positive things’ says Luke Freeman ahead of return to Bristol City

QPR's Luke Freeman, seen in action for Bristol City, is looking forward to his return to Ashton Gate

QPR's Luke Freeman, seen in action for Bristol City, is looking forward to his return to Ashton Gate. Picture: SIMON GALLOWAY/PA WIRE - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Luke Freeman says the atmosphere in the dressing room at Loftus Road is still very positive despite a run of three defeats.

The 25-year-old came off the bench in QPR’s 2-1 home loss to Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday but he says the performance they showed then, together with the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa three days earlier, shows more than enough promise to suggest the current run is only a blip.

“We’ve realised we’re not far from where we want to be,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “We’re always learning and wanting to improve. If you take the Derby game out and look at Aston Villa and Brighton, we showed some positives things and we weren’t that far away from picking up some good results.

“They were only one-goal deficits which shows how close football can be.

“We were positive and tried to make things happen. We showed good willingness and weren’t too far away from picking up a good result.

“Throughout the whole squad we’ve got so much ability. That’s a positive. In a full season you need that, it’s not just a short-term thing. You need that competitiveness between the players.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind really but I’m happy to be here.”

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The Hoops get a chance to get back on the winning trail with two games over the Easter weekend, starting with a trip to Freeman’s old stomping ground of Bristol City.

And he is looking forward to the occasion, even if he is not sure what the reception from the Ashton Gate crowd will be.

He said: “I’m not too sure, no. I’ll have to deal with that on the day but the main thing is preparing right this week and getting three points away from home.

“I had promotion from League One to the Championship and the JPT final at Wembley so I had some great memories down there but in football some things need to be done and I felt it was time for me to move on.

“We’re going in with a positive mindset, we’ll do our homework on and off the pitch and we’re looking forward to the game.”

Rangers will follow that up with a home game on Easter Monday when play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors.

Kick-off at Loftus Road is at 3pm.