Top six charge is Mikele's Christmas wish
PUBLISHED: 15:22 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky MIKELE Leigertwood is looking for a minimum of six points over the Christmas week to push QPR closer to the play-off places. Rangers go into Saturday s home match with sixth-placed Preston four points adrift of their visitors, with derbies ag
By Ben Kosky
MIKELE Leigertwood is looking for a minimum of six points over the Christmas week to push QPR closer to the play-off places.
Rangers go into Saturday's home match with sixth-placed Preston four points adrift of their visitors, with derbies against Charlton and Watford to follow over the holiday period.
"Obviously nine points would be perfect, but if we can get six or seven from these three games, I think that wouldn't be a bad Christmas," Leigertwood told the Times.
"Preston are the only side we haven't played yet and they had a good result against Birmingham the other day, so we know it isn't going to be easy, but we have to take advantage of being at home.
"Charlton aren't having the greatest time at the moment and we've got to exploit that.
"As for Watford, we really owe them one - and we owe it to ourselves and our supporters as well - because we just didn't turn up at Vicarage Road a few weeks ago.
"It's good to be playing derby games over Christmas - there's that little bit of added pressure to do well against teams from just up the road and that separates the men from the boys.
"Not having too much travelling is better for us mentally and physically and it's nicer for the fans as well - last year some of them spent Christmas Day travelling down to Plymouth."
Many Rangers supporters had hoped to return to Home Park last weekend, but were unable to get there after severe flooding in the West Country badly affected rail services.
They missed seeing QPR's first away goal in more than 13 hours, courtesy of Heidar Helguson - but Plymouth's late equaliser meant the Rs have still triumphed only once on the road in the Championship all season.
And the Rangers midfielder, who again featured on the left-hand side of Paulo Sousa's preferred 'diamond' formation against Argyle, admits the team's poor away record is their greatest obstacle to reaching the play-offs in the second half of the season.
"We conceded quite late at Plymouth last year and we were in a strong position again this time round, so it was a shame to concede when we did after a good performance," added Leigertwood.
"But there were a lot of positives - particularly the fact that we scored a goal on our travels at last - and a point away from home is something we have to take and build on.
"We've done OK so far overall but, if our away form was any better, we'd be up there in the mix.
"That's got to be our target and we're all confident we can perform away from home as well as at Loftus Road.