Back to basics?
PUBLISHED: 13:08 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky QPR could revert to 4-4-2 against Southampton this weekend as manager Iain Dowie ponders how to replace the suspended Emmanuel Ledesma. The on-loan Argentinian teenager - the find of Rangers season so far - is serving a one-match ban on Sund
By Ben Kosky
QPR could revert to 4-4-2 against Southampton this weekend as manager Iain Dowie ponders how to replace the suspended Emmanuel Ledesma.
The on-loan Argentinian teenager - the find of Rangers' season so far - is serving a one-match ban on Sunday following his red card at Bristol City.
Club captain Martin Rowlands is the obvious choice to start on the right of a five-man midfield, but Dowie is also mulling over a recall for Patrick Agyemang to partner Dexter Blackstock up front.
Blackstock, who scored in the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, says he is comfortable as a solo attacker, but Agyemang would also prefer a central role to the wide position he occupied as a substitute in that game.
"I've played on the right a couple of times recently but I didn't get involved as much as I'd wanted," said Agyemang, who has recovered after missing three matches with a groin strain.
"I can play on the right or left but I'd much rather play down the middle and I wouldn't mind being up front on my own because I like to get in behind the defence.
"The way we're playing, with Emmanuel right, Cookie left and Dani [Parejo] just behind the striker means we create plenty of chances. They're good players, all capable of finding a striker in a scoring position."
Dowie could also opt to play both Rowlands and Agyemang at the expense of Gavin Mahon or Mikele Leigertwood, while there is also the possibility of a starting place for Hogan Ephraim or Akos Buzsaky.
The Hungarian playmaker completed 70 minutes for the reserves against Millwall on Tuesday but, after his lengthy absence with an ankle problem, is more likely to earn a place on the bench this weekend.
And Agyemang is particularly keen to feature in the televised game against Southampton (kick-off 4pm) as it offers him the opportunity to get the better of two former Wimbledon team-mates.
"Chris Perry was an established defender at Wimbledon at the time I was just breaking into the team and Kelvin Davis, the goalkeeper, came into the side later on," added Agyemang.
"I'll be looking to put a goal or two past him. We need to keep getting results at home and put ourselves in a strong position at an early stage.
"But if we want to be in contention at the end of the season, we're going to need wins from our away games as well.
"We did well at Bristol City and got a point in the end, but I'd like to think we'd have taken all three if we'd had 11 men on the field all game.