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HILL WARY OF DONS

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12:00 24th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's captain won't be taking League One opponents lightly on Saturday...

NEWLY named QPR skipper Clint Hill is keen to avoid an FA Cup giant killing this weekend. 

QPR host League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Loftus Road on Saturday.

And the 35-year-old centre-back is aware that their lower league opposition will be eager to cause an upset.

“They have the opportunity to try and get a Premier League scalp so they will want it,” Hill told www.qpr.co.uk ahead of Saturday’s encounter.

“They will want an upset big time. Don’t worry about that. So we have to be on our game and play a little bit better than we did against West Ham in terms of keeping the ball and creating opportunities.

“Hopefully we can keep our recent performances going and book our place in the next round.”

Rangers will know all about their opponents having faced the Dons in the third round last season at stadium:mk. 

Heidar Helguson spared the R’s blushes on that occasion when his 89th minute equaliser cancelled out Dean Bowditch’s opener for the home side.

That forced a replay back in W12 - that QPR won 1-0 – and Hill is hoping Saturday will be more routine.

“We were quite lucky to get a draw at their place,” he admitted.  “MK Dons played really well with a nice style of football and then we managed to get a 1-0 win at home in a very tight game. 

“It is going to be very difficult as they have a good manager with a good work ethic.

“But it is the FA Cup and a great opportunity to go further. I have been very lucky to play in some big games in the FA Cup before so the competition means a lot to me and it is an opportunity to see how far we can go.”

Whilst Rangers primary goal this season continues to be survival in the Barclays Premier League, Hill isn’t dismissing the benefits a cup run can bring to that objective.

He said: “If we win the game then that gives us confidence so the longer we go unbeaten then confidence will be higher. 

“No one likes losing football games and we’ve lost enough over the last six months. 

“If we do make changes it is a chance for others to prove to the gaffer that they should be in his starting eleven and nobody likes losing at home.

“We will be ready and will give them the respect they deserve but we want to win it as well.

“We went to West Brom and got a 1-0 win at a tough place and then against West Ham we got a point so there are positives from winning in the cup. I don’t view it as a distraction we could do without.”

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