KEVIN Bond has applauded the QPR fans for the backing they have given Harry Redknapp and his coaching staff since their arrival at the club in November.
Rangers’ assistant manager was speaking with www.qpr.co.uk in the build-up to this evening’s Premier League encounter at local rivals Chelsea, and he says he’s been impressed by the support from the terraces.
“The fans were disappointed and frustrated at the Liverpool game, and they were entitled to be,” he said.
“But what I’ve noticed about our fans is that it doesn’t need much from us at all for them to get right behind us.
“One attack, one shot on goal and they’re cheering us, getting behind us and encouraging us. It’s absolutely fantastic.
“We are in a difficult situation, it’s a difficult time, but if we’re going to get out of it then we’re going to do it as a group. All together. The lot of us. As a club. And that certainly includes the supporters.”
Rangers go into tonight’s match at Stamford Bridge on the back of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Merseysiders, and Bond says lessons have been learned from the defeat.
“We analysed and reflected on the match straight after the game,” he said. “With that in mind, we will put things in place to make sure we give a better account of ourselves tonight.
“We have put the Liverpool game behind us but it’s not forgotten about.”
Chelsea have won their last four games in all competitions, netting 16 goals in the process, so Bond and Co. are fully aware of the tough task that lies ahead of them.
“We will try to be resilient and we will try to get nearer to people if we can,” he said. “We didn’t feel we got near enough to people in the Liverpool game and there were too many gaps for them to work in.
“So we will try to avoid that and we’ll look to be a threat as well which is what we’ll need to be if we’re going to win the game. And that’s what we’re looking to do.”
With the January transfer window open, speculation continues as to potential new signings but Bond says, at this moment in time, the focus is completely on tonight’s challenge.
“As we stand here today, the most important thing is the game against Chelsea and the points that are available in that match,” he said.
“What happens in the coming weeks with regards to the outcome of games and the outcome of bringing players in is all for the future.
“Right now our whole focus is on trying to get something from the Chelsea game.”