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QPR’s Luongo looks to maintain form

PUBLISHED: 15:41 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 22 November 2018

Queens Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo (left) and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (pic: Nigel French/PA)

Queens Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo (left) and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (pic: Nigel French/PA)

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo is looking to pick up from where he left off when the Championship returns this weekend.

Massimo Luongo scored Queens Park Rangers' first goal against Brentford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Massimo Luongo scored Queens Park Rangers' first goal against Brentford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The 26-year-old netted in a 3-2 derby win over Brentford at Loftus Road, before heading off on international duty with Australia.

And Luongo was on target again for the Socceroos in their 1-1 draw with Korea in Brisbane at the weekend, before sitting out a 3-0 win over Lebanon in Sydney on Tuesday.

After returning to London on Wednesday, Luongo is preparing for Saturday’s trip to Stoke and told qpr.co.uk: “I am used to the travelling now. I’ll be fine for Saturday, it’s all part of it.

“It was nice to get back there and play in front of the home crowd. It was good opposition and it was nice to score, even if it was another tap-in, but I’ll take them!”

Now back on domestic duty, Luongo is hoping Rs can maintain their improved form, having claimed 26 points from their last 13 games, following a difficult start under Steve McClaren.

And he was honest about his own performances, before changing to a more simplified role in the side.

He added: “It was hard at the start of the season. We weren’t doing well as a team and I take that responsibility on myself because I feel that whenever I play well, the team does well.

“The manager has given me a nice role in the team. He has defined my game a little bit. I’ve always wanted to be a box-to-box midfielder or do a bit of everything, but he has simplified my game a lot.

“He has got me playing in front of the back four, keeping things moving. He has helped make my game a lot easier, which means I can keep that consistency week in, week out.”

As for this weekend’s test at the bet365 Stadium against the Potters, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, Luongo is under no illusions as to how hard it will be.

He said: “They are similar to Villa in that their position in the table doesn’t reflect the quality they have or how they have been playing.

“They have Premier League-quality players who can hurt you, so it is going to be an interesting one, but we are feeling confident.”

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