Underdogs QPR can shock Fulham, says Warnock
Rs boss believes his side can upset all their London rivals, starting with their trip to the Cottage
Neil Warnock insists that QPR go into Sunday’s derby against Fulham as underdogs – but believes there is enough quality in his side this season to pull off some shock results against all of their London rivals.
Rangers head to Craven Cottage having not even scored a goal in their last four games against Fulham, while Warnock has suffered a dismal personal record, losing all six visits to the ground as player and manager.
But the Rs boss believes that all the pressure will be on Martin Jol’s men, who are yet to win in the league this season, and on Chelsea, who will travel to Loftus Road for another crunch derby clash on October 27.
“I like Fulham, I think the ground is very good; it’s like Loftus Road. I don’t think I’ve ever won there, but I don’t think that’s bad really, I can remember a lot of clubs like that,” said Warnock.
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“Last year we broke one or two bad omens. It’s a different ball game, I’ve definitely never been to Fulham with a team like this, so I’ve got to go and look at the positive side.
“I think it’ll be a good game because Fulham are a good team, they’re in a false position as well. They’ve got a good squad, and they’ll be desperate to get a win over us. Likewise, I’m sure our fans are looking forward to it. “Chelsea coming up as well, it’s fabulous for the supporters to have local derbies like that in London.
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“I’m really looking forward to them, I know they’re difficult games, but we’re going in as underdogs, irrespective of league tables, we go into both games as underdogs and we’re actually looking forward to that.
“Most of the games I don’t think people will be expecting anything, but I think the opportunity is there for everyone to ruffle a few feathers. We can take points off all the London clubs, but I don’t think anybody will be shocked if we don’t take any points off them.”
Warnock also admitted that his side have been short of goals this season, particularly at home, where Richard Dunne’s own goal against Aston Villa the only time the ball has ended in the opposition net this season.
“We have to look at trying to score more goals, especially at home,” added Warnock. “I’m quite happy away from home, because we should have won all three games. But teams come to our place and they’re quite happy to try to shut up shop, so maybe we need to have a little bit more to unlock the door.”
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