Mancienne: Sahar's still a threat
PUBLISHED: 14:36 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky MICHAEL Mancienne has warned that QPR flop Ben Sahar could yet prove his worth when Rangers face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. Sahar failed to find the net in nine appearances for the Rs earlier this season and cut short his five-month lo
By Ben Kosky
MICHAEL Mancienne has warned that QPR flop Ben Sahar could yet prove his worth when Rangers face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Sahar failed to find the net in nine appearances for the Rs earlier this season and cut short his five-month loan from Chelsea, who have now farmed him out to Hillsborough.
But Mancienne - who has played with the teenage striker both for QPR and the Blues' reserve side - said: "Ben's a great lad and I know he's a really good player.
"Things just didn't go his way when he was here. I don't think he settled in properly and, if you don't settle in, you won't be totally happy.
"But you shouldn't underestimate Ben because he can be unpredictable and do something you don't expect. I'm sure it'll be a good game on Saturday."
Sahar has been propelled back into the battle to avoid relegation from the Championship, with Wednesday desperate for victory to haul themselves away from the drop zone.
But Rangers are sailing in clearer waters these days and, after the 3-0 demolition of title challengers Stoke last Sunday, Mancienne feels they are now displaying a more ruthless streak.
He acknowledged: "We're up for every game - people like Gaz and Rowly always get the team going - but I think we got a bit complacent in that game against Burnley, when we were 2-0 up.
"But we've learned from that. Against Stoke, we went 2-0 up and didn't look back, we kept on going and didn't get sloppy, which we knew had happened in the past.
"Everyone was saying to each other 'we can't let this slip now, let's not get comfortable or sit back and let them attack us'. To keep a clean sheet is bread and butter for any defender, so the back four were very happy."
In addition to Sahar, Wednesday have also included another QPR player from this season in recent weeks - Adam Bolder, who was club captain until recently.
Bolder's loan at Hillsborough ends tomorrow and, as the Times went to press, it was not yet clear whether the Owls would try to extend the deal until the end of the season.
Rangers boss Luigi de Canio said: "Bolder will finish his month at Sheffield Wednesday and then if he comes back he'll be more than useful to the squad here."
De Canio also told the Times that he will be keeping an open mind on the future of another of his on-loan midfielders, Simon Walton.
The former Leeds and Charlton man broke his leg in pre-season and, once he recovered, was barely afforded a look-in before being shipped on loan to Hull City at the end of January.
"Simon's a young player and we gave him to Hull so that he could get a bit of match fitness and match experience after his very serious injury," De Canio observed. "We will keep an eye on his progress there and eventually decide what happens.