Clint Hill's return has reignited Rs' revival, says Leroy Fer
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 22:23 29 October 2015
Leroy Fer believes Clint Hill's return to QPR's first team has been a major factor in the club recording back-to-back clean sheets and enjoying a resurgence in form.
The 37-year-old defender has been in impressive form at the heart of the Rangers defence alongside Grant Hall, with Chris Ramsey’s men securing four points from their last two home games against Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.
The Rs’ rearguard have only allowed their opponents one shot on goal during that time – and Fer says it is no coincidence that Hill has been back in the starting XI for those games.
He told the Times: “Clint Hill has been a massive player for us in the last few weeks. He’s been crucial in us picking up the clean sheets. We were always conceding a goal or two per game before that, but now we are looking very strong defensively and there’s no doubt Clint has played a major role in that.”
Fer, who has been managing a knee problem, says he is now fully fit and reiterated that his mind is solely focused on the Championship side after a loan move to Sunderland collapsed in the summer after he failed a medical.
He added: “I’m back to 100 per cent now in myself. I’m fully fit and raring to go.
“The coach obviously has to make his decisions which he feels is for the good of the team, so when I’ve come on I’ve done my best and looked to have made an impression on him.
“That’s a closed book now in regards to Sunderland. I’m here at QPR and I’m happy and focused for the rest of the season.
“Even if I have left the club then, it was only on loan, so I still would have been a QPR player at the end of the day.
“I stayed here and didn’t play for a few weeks, but as I said that’s all over now and I just want us to crack on and put a winning run together and hopefully get back into the Premier League.”
Fer was quick to support his under-fire boss, who was booed by some sections of supporters, along with Karl Henry and Daniel Tozser, during Saturday’s 3-0 win over MK Dons at Loftus Road.
“It isn’t the gaffer who should take all the blame, it’s the whole team,” stressed the Dutchman.
“When we don’t do well it’s not fair that he gets all of the criticism.”
Fer continued: “Of course you understand the fans’ frustrations though. We’ve just come down from the Premier League and we’re one of the best teams in this league, but we need to start showing that on a more consistent basis.
“What we did against MK Dons was good, but in recent games it wasn’t good enough. Every week we want to give our fans three points, but that can’t happen all the time.”
With Holland failing to qualify for next year’s European Championship in France, the 25-year-old admits the pressure has been taken off him somewhat in regards to his future.
“Every player wants to play in the highest league, so of course I am desperate to get back there – as is the whole team – as quickly as possible,” said Fer.
“Holland not going to the Euros was very disappointing and a huge blow for the country; you relish those kinds of tournaments.
“But for myself now I am able to solely focus on one thing and that is QPR.
“Hopefully come the end of the season we will be celebrating promotion back to the Premier League.”