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Fortnight off is Hall we need

PUBLISHED: 13:32 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP 2008/2009
QUEENS PARK RANGERS V DERBY COUNTY
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 27/09/2008.
TEL: 07831-396-923

QPR'S FITZ HALL.

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP 2008/2009 QUEENS PARK RANGERS V DERBY COUNTY PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 27/09/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923 QPR'S FITZ HALL.

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

By Noam Friedlander AFTER four league games without a win, QPR defender Fitz Hall is not looking forward to the international break this weekend. The Rangers centre-back would much rather play another game as quickly as possible to redeem himself after a

By Noam Friedlander

AFTER four league games without a win, QPR defender Fitz Hall is not looking forward to the international break this weekend.

The Rangers centre-back would much rather play another game as quickly as possible to redeem himself after a lacklustre performance or three.

"An international break is a bad thing for me," Hall told the Times. "We've had three or four bad results in a row now so, honestly, I wouldn't like to go into a break.

"Personally, I'd rather go into the next game tomorrow and redeem what we've done today."

With the pressure now mounting on manager Iain Dowie from both fans and the Loftus Road board, Hall is generally regarded as one of the gaffer's most loyal players.

The defender was first spotted by Dowie's brother Bob while he was playing non-league football for Chesham United, and swiftly moved to Oldham in 2002.

After being sold for financial reasons, Hall later joined Dowie again at Crystal Palace in 2004, becoming club captain and the pair were finally reunited for a third time at Loftus Road last summer.

However, the last few weeks have represented mixed fortunes for manager and player alike and Hall admitted: "We just can't get it right at the moment.

"It is a game of two halves and we either play well in the first half or second half - and when we're on top I don't think we've been finishing our chances.

"I can't remember too many sides playing us off the park, though. We've had a few goals that have gone our way, we've battled hard with 10 men but I want us to win every game, of course."

Rangers' poor spell followed their 1-0 win in the League Cup at Aston Villa and Hall acknowledges that their reward of a trip up to Old Trafford in the next round may have been more a hindrance than a help.

"I think it might have been distraction, it's hard not to be distracted," the defender added.

"You're on your way to the game against Derby and you've got people phoning you up going 'you've got Man United in the Cup'.

"To tell you the truth, I don't really care. It's all about the next game, that's all I care about so maybe we were a bit distracted but we've got to get ourselves into gear.

"We'll have some time to rest and we'll be looking at our mistakes and getting ourselves together for the next game, whoever it is.

"We want three points - we haven't done that for the last four games and that's what we want to get back to.


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