Warnock Looking To Thwart QPR Danger Men To Record Vital Win
By Robert Nichols
Sunday 05 Jul 2020 12:34:00
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Boro take on QPR this afternoon, at an empty Riverside. For once other results have left a door open to us but we have to take the opportunity and bring home our first home win of the year to bounce back up the table. QPR have proved difficult opponents for us once already this season, can we tame their attack and also start firing our own bullets in front of goal. It is a 2pm kick off this afternoon. Come on Boro.

Neil Warnock knows what to expect from today's opponents. While he was at Cardiff earlier in the season he witnessed how they QPR like to keep possession of the ball but that they then have some potent attacking players.

“QPR have a lot more threat with regards to going forwards and with them being safe I think they can play with a freedom. When I was at Cardiff, I think they had 60+% possession v Cardiff. So, we are not going to have the ball for a lot of the time and with the freedom that they have got we have got to be clued in and then we have got to cause them problems.”

So, we will to be patient this afternoon and hope we can make the most of whatever opportunities we create. Warnock was not happy with decisions at Hull and in Hugill he thinks there is a player that can ask a referee questions.

“I don't think you have too much home advantage now. The crowds do influence officials, without a shadow of a doubt. But there was no crowd at Hull and the official didn't need any home crowd to make some weird decisions. I think he made them off his own back. If you breathed heavily on somebody you are going to get a foul. When I looked at the free kicks they were scandalous, really. People like Hugill will go down easily. We have got to be careful. We have got to avoid giving away silly free kicks. It is alright saying I didn't touch him but we have not got to be in a situation where the referee has a choice.”

Hugill got a lot of stick at Boro for going down easy but since joining QPR he has channelled his talents into scoring and also supporting others around him.

“Jordan Hugill works his socks off and he always has done since his Preston days, “ Warnock reflected. “It didn't work out for him at West Ham but they are quite happy with him at QPR. Eze is playing off him and I think he will go for massive money in the summer. I was talking to them in the period when I wasn't working and they are expecting massive offers, maybe £15 - £20 million.

So, we have got a job on our hands there and there is the lad Samuel who is very exciting as well.

So, they have got good forward players and we will have to be on our toes.”

Three QPR players that we must keep on a short leash.

The new boss will want us to defend better than we did in that fraught finale at Hull, he said:

“The next day I showed them all the clips of the attacking play we had. It is ridiculous we probably had 25 aspects of good quality football going into the box. And then the one element of how we had chucked a point away at the death, which was really comedy band box. It was schoolboy defending. They know and it wasn't for lack of trying, like two lads going up for the same ball. They had to have a little bit of thought about the men that were behind them etc. So, they were really disappointed but they know they had played well. They said they enjoyed it etc. So, we haven't got time to dwell on it. We showed them that then went onto QPR straight away.”

I asked Neil Warnock yesterday if it is a case of everyone keeping their nerve now?

“Yes, but its not just keeping their nerve it is doing the right things. The right things on the pitch. We are going to come up against different abilities, different systems etc and we have to be able to adapt and we have to score goals as well to win games. It is all hands on deck at the moment.”

He doesn't think we should get caught up in saying this a MUST WIN game, yet:

“I don't think any of the next 3 or 4 games (are must win) it is about getting as many points as we can. We have got to try and win a game but if we can't win a game we have got to come away with something and then we have got to move on.”

Yes, a win would be so good.

“I think they are all winnable, like they are all losable. But I look at a lot of other people's fixtures and I don't think there are any easy ride. You could probably look at Luton's and say that they have the best run in. But who is to say.. They are certain teams in the league that I wish we were playing unfortunately we are not but who I think are finished now this season. But I won't go into detail.”

Lets hope we can get a precious win this afternoon. Our first home win since Huddersfield on Boxing Day. What a lift that would give us all quite apart from the lift up the league table.

Come on Boro and STAYING Up The Boro

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