QPR striker re-watching his goals as inspiration to get firing again, says Holloway
PUBLISHED: 00:01 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 00:26 30 November 2016
QPR manager Ian Holloway has been giving Conor Washington a familar source of inspiration to regain his confidence and get his clinical streak back - re-watching all of his career goals to date on repeat each day.
Washington, who cost the Rs £3million from Peterborough United back in January, has struggled for consistency and game time during his time in W12 so far.
But Holloway is intent on getting the best out of the former non-league front man, and indeed the rest of the Rs squad.
He told the Times: “It’s very tough when you’ve lost a bit of confidence - you’ve got to go back to the job you know so well.
“I asked Conor to go and watch his goals every morning and every night and savour every one of them.
“And look at what he done against Norwich? That was an instinctive finish, and he was brilliant all game. I said to him ‘just add that one to your list of goals that will do for me, thank you very much’.
“He’s a very talented lad with a lot of potential - I rate him highly.”
He continued: “Confidence is such an important thing to have in football. Hopefully now Conor’s got one for me, the goals will start flowing.
“When I came to this football club I was asked to work with this group and help every one of them improve and have no prejudices. Whoever bought them I don’t care – my job is to get the best out for them. That’s what I’m paid for after all.
“With the experience I have behind me in management I can play seven or eight different ways. I’ve just got to get the right system to suit best his team in order to help us win football matches. Sometimes it won’t be pretty.
“I can’t do what I done at Blackpool, I don’t have an influx of wingers like I did there who would run up and down the wing and create things all day long.
“I’ve only got (Olamide) Shodipo in that position, really.
“I’ve got to get people moving freely and that excites me. There’s a few of the lads I’ve seen play better already than I did in previous months - and that’s because that confidence is coming back.
“I want to inspire these lads to do better – it excites me the quality we’ve got in this squad.”
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