Queens Park Rangers: QPR midfielder Josh Scowen admits Reading having new boss makes it tougher to know what to expect
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 March 2018
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Rs make Good Friday trip to Royals, who recently chose Paul Clement to replace Jaap Stam as boss
Queens Park Rangers bid to continue their recent good form in the Championship in their two games over the Easter weekend.
The Rs make the trip to struggling Reading on Good Friday, before entertaining Norwich City on Monday.
The Royals, who lost the play-off final last season, have been in poor form of late, winning just one of their previous 18 league matches.
That run of form saw former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam sacked as Reading manager, with the Dutchman replaced in the role by Paul Clement.
The former Swansea City boss will take charge of the Berkshire club for the first time on Good Friday, and QPR midfielder Josh Scowen says that makes it tougher for the west Londoners to know what to expect.
“We are used to them looking to play nice football from the back, but the new manager could come in and completely change that,” Scowen told the club website.
“We will focus on our strengths and what we do well.”
Scowen missed QPR’s last game, a 2-2 draw at Fulham, after being taking to hospital suffering with a viral infection.
The recent international break has allowed the former Barnsley midfielder to return to full fitness, and Scowen should be in contention to feature against Reading.
And Scowen, who turned 25 on Wednesday, is looking forward to getting back out on the pitch.
“I love playing football and hate missing games — I want to play as many as I can,” he added.
“It’s part of football though and you have to accept that you’re going to miss games from time to time. Thankfully this hasn’t led to me being out for long.”
QPR head into the Reading clash unbeaten in their last four games in the league, a run which has seen them pull away from the relegation zone.
But Scowen hopes that run does not come to an end just yet as Ian Holloway’s men bid to make sure of their place in the Championship next season.
“The last four performances have been very good and it’s definitely given us something that we can build on,” he said.
“Every game we are looking to get more and more confident in what we can do. The gaffer has said there is more to come from this group and I think he’s right.
“We are aiming to finish as high up the table as we can. We are not going to rest on our laurels and think the season has finished.”