Grant Hall hopes Queens Park Rangers can down high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 April 2017
25-year-old excited to face old club and good friend Lewis Dunk, but confident Ian Holloway's team can achieve a positive result
Grant Hall believes Queens Park Rangers can get a result against promotion hopefuls Brighton & Hove Albion this evening in the Championship.
Ian Holloway’s team host the Seagulls at Loftus Road aiming to get back on track after recent back-to-back defeats.
Rangers lost 1-0 at Aston Villa on Tuesday night just days after going down by the same scoreline at Derby County.
“They’ll be bringing plenty of fans, and I’ve got quite a few of my family and friends coming up for it too – they’ll be in the QPR end,” Hall told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We are expecting a really tough game but hopefully we can play as well as we did against Villa and come away with the result.”
Hall is excited to face his old club and also go up against somebody he knows well in the shape of Lewis Dunk.
And the 25-year-old defender is looking forward to catching up with his former team-mate this evening.
“I grew up with their centre-back Lewis Dunk in the youth team so I know him well,” Hall explained.
“He’s a very big player for them. I still speak to him and we always have a bit of banter on the pitch so it will be good to see him.
“Lewis actually came off the other night so I’m not sure if he will be available but it will be good to catch up.”
Even though QPR are at home, Brighton will be favourites this evening with Chris Hughton’s side in great form.
The Seagulls are only one point behind leaders Newcastle United with six games left this season.
Hall added: “They have been fantastic this season. They’re a very strong team and I expect them to go up.
“They’re fighting it out with Newcastle for top spot so they’re going to be right at it this evening.”
Brighton beat QPR 3-0 in the previous meeting on Boxing Day, but Hall expects this encounter to be different.
He added: “We are a massively different team now. We are really starting to gel and the new lads who have come in have made a big difference to us.
“Luke (Freeman) has been nominated for the Championship’s Player of the Month award, which is testament to how good he’s been, and Smudge (Matt Smith) has come in and chipped in with a few goals.
“We are starting to get a blend of players that we want at the club – players who want to work hard, and we’re all together.”
QPR claimed an excellent 5-1 win last time out at Loftus Road against Rotherham United on March 18.
A similar result tonight would be fantastic, but R’s fans would take any type of win against Brighton.