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KEVIN BOND: WORK STILL TO BE DONE

Kevin Bond

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23:12 30th July 2014

by @QPRFC

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond admits work is still to be done on and off the pitch ahead of the new Premier League season ...

ASSISTANT QPR manager Kevin Bond was pleased to see more of his squad complete 90 minutes in pre-season but admits there is still work to be done on and off the pitch.

Rangers second pre-season friendly in 24-hours ended with a 0-0 draw against League Two Southend United.

The R’s were forced to play without a recognised forward at Roots Hall and Bond confirmed it continues to be a priority position for the management.

“Pre-season is about getting time on the pitch for the players and for some of them it was their first 90 minutes tonight which was important,” said Bond following the workout. 

“We still have got some work to do both on the field and in acquisitions to get the final squad that we need. 

“We had to start the game tonight without a recognised striker so that is obviously a department we are looking at to try and strengthen.

“In terms of the game itself everyone came out of it unscathed and some players got 90 minutes under their belts.

“To be fair to Southend they put us under a lot of pressure but it was more about getting 90 minutes on a big pitch to get fit.”

Defender Rio Ferdinand was not involved in either of the R’s two friendlies this week but Bond was quick to reassure Hoops supporters about the experience centre-backs fitness.

“He’s fine,” he said. “He joined us later than everybody else and what you don’t want is him getting a niggle.

“The medical and fitness guys just need to make sure he’s ready to take part.”

Rangers head to Ireland on Thursday for six-days as they face friendlies against Shamrock Rovers and Athlone Town.

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