QPR return home keen to tame visiting Tigers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 November 2018
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Rs back in action at Loftus Road after difficult week on road
Steve McClaren wants Queens Park Rangers to continue to display a good level of fight and tenacity when they host Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
The Rs return home to Loftus Road this weekend after a gruelling week on the road saw them take two points.
The past week has seen the west Londoners visit both Stoke City and Rotherham United, earning a 2-2 draw in both matches.
In both games, QPR were indebted to late goals with Angel Rangel on target at the Potters and Luke Freeman heading home in stoppage time at the Millers.
At home to Hull on Saturday, the Loftus Road club will aim to turn those draws into a win.
Boss McClaren knows his Rs must continue to show the same level of commitment as they have done recently, but also feels they need to also get back to doing what they do best.
“We battled at Rotherham, we battled at Stoke and that’s what we want to do,” said the 57-year-old.
“As long as we do that and show attitude and fight, you see the fans appreciate it. I won’t grumble about what they do.
“We still need more football and more belief and defend better by getting back to what we do well, and go again Saturday.”
Away to Rotherham on Tuesday, promising forward Ebere Eze was subject to some rough treatment by the home defence.
One such incident saw the 20-year-old felled in the box for what seemed a certain penalty, but referee Andy Woolmer was unmoved.
It was not the first time this term Eze has been subject to such treatment by the opposition, and McClaren has called on officials to offer the Rs man more protection.
“I think it’s well documented that Ebere and Jack Grealish (of Aston Villa) are the most fouled in the Championship,” he added.
“There were some ridiculous challenges on him, people pulling him down and he’s got to be protected more.
“Ebere’s a tough kid, he takes the blows and carries on and we’re pleased with that.”
At home to Hull last season, QPR left it late to get a 2-1 after coming from behind to triumph.
Matt Smith pulled one back for the Rs 16 minutes from time, before Idrissa Sylla came up trumps with a stoppage-time winner.