Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway pleased with QPR’s efforts ahead of Fulham derby

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 September 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

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QPR host local rivals Cottagers at Loftus Road on Friday night

Luke Freeman created chances for Queens Park Rangers in their 2-1 loss to Fulham (pic: Adam Davy/PA)Luke Freeman created chances for Queens Park Rangers in their 2-1 loss to Fulham (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway says he is pleased with the effort and commitment his squad are showing ahead of Friday’s west London derby with Fulham in the Championship.

The local rivals meet under the lights at Loftus Road on Friday night, with the match to be shown live on Sky Sports.

Despite something of a gap in the playing budgets of the Rs and the Cottagers this season, just one point separates the sides after 10 games.

But Holloway feels that the work rate his team have shown in the early part of the season proves QPR have found good value for money in their dealings in the market.

“We might not be where we want to be financially, but I don’t need finance, I need people who care. Wow, these boys are doing brilliantly and I don’t care where they came from,” he told the club website.

“Bright Osayi-Samuel came from the lower leagues, David Wheeler came from the lower leagues, Smithy (Matt Smith) too – wherever they’re from I don’t really care as long as they give me that.

“I can feel something is coming, feel the team is more like how I want no matter who we put in, who drops out. We are trying our hearts out to please those fans, which is the bare minimum.”

QPR head into Friday’s derby off the back of a 1-1 draw at Barnsley on Tuesday night, with Luke Freeman netting an 87th-minute equaliser for the visitors.

It was the Rs’ second draw in succession, having played out a goalless draw at home to Burton Albion last weekend.

But Holloway was again pleased with the work rate of his team in Yorkshire, especially given they were missing the likes of Nedum Onuoha, James Perch and Grant Hall for the trip to Oakwell.

“I was very delighted with the work rate at Barnsley. We won’t always get it right, but we’ll try and keep going,” added the 54-year-old.

“From my point of view, I can actually roll the dice, deal the cards - however you want to put it - into a different shape and the lads are understanding it.

“We’ve become a threat and that’s what we have to do. We want to compete in every single game.”

Victory over Fulham on Friday night would lift QPR above their local rivals in the table ahead of the upcoming international break.

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