R's aim for back-to-back wins
QPR head into Monday’s Bank Holiday fixture against Ipswich Town at Loftus Road with their tails up following Saturday’s late win over Wolves.
Paweł Wszołek’s 87th minute strike meant Rangers won their first game in six matches and also scored their first goal in five.
Holloway’s side will be seeking revenge over Ipswich who won the reverse fixture 3-0 back in November in what was Ollie’s second game in charge. In truth the scoreline somewhat flattered the Tractor Boys as Rangers were very much in the game before folding after Town’s second.
Like QPR, Ipswich have endured a somewhat underwhelming first half of the campaign. McCarthy’s side are nine points off the play-off positions but it’s their inconsistency and lack of goals which has frustrated the Portman Road faithful - something that could also be labelled against the home side.
Ipswich have so far failed to win more than one league game in a row and have scored just 24 league goals, two better than Rangers but the third worse in the division.
However, as you would expect from all Mick McCarthy sides, the East Anglian outfit are well-drilled, organised and defensively stable - shipping just 27 goals which is the 7th best in the Championship.
They too also come off the back of a morale boosting 2-1 victory over Bristol City thanks to Brett Pitman’s spectacular late strike.
Against Wolves QPR did something which we haven’t done enough this season - take the lead and score two goals. Ironically the R’s have played better in some of the last seven matches but got nothing from it. Hopefully it’s the kind of result that can get our season back on track and the lay the foundations for a strong run to help climb the league table.
QPR: Tjaronn Chery (thigh), Seb Polter (back), Massimo Luongo (groin) and Jordan Cousins (hamstring) are all doubts again after missing out against Wolves. Steven Caulker (hip) is unavailable but Nedum Onuoha returns following his one game suspension.
Ipswich: Ipswich left-back Jonas Knudsen is doubtful having missed the win against Bristol City after suffering a cut foot. On-loan Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams is sidelined following a shoulder problem which needed surgery.
Predicted line up: Bialkowski, Chambers, Webster, Berra, Kenlock, Ward, Skuse, Bru, Lawrence, Mcgoldrick, Pitman.
Key Player: Brett Pitman - The forward showed his class in Ipswich’s last game with a remarkable acrobatic effort and is usually a problem for most defensive lines.
PRE MATCH TALK
Ian Holloway: “The games come thick and fast, we’ve got to get home tonight (31st December), come in tomorrow and then get ready for another one on Monday. Hopefully we can take the good feeling into the next game. It’s nice to have a little bit of confidence which deep down is all about believing that you can get a positive result.”
QPR win: 6/4
QPR first goal scorer: Idrissa Sylla 6/1
Wolves first goal scorer: Brett Pitman 6/1
LAST TIME OUT
Ipswich 3 - 0 QPR - Championship, 26th November 2016
Ipswich goal-scorers: Ward, Varney, Lawrence
HEAD TO HEAD
(In all competitions)
QPR wins: 26
Ipswich wins: 30
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referees: Darren Blunden and Geoffrey Russell
Fourth official: Charles Breakspear
MONDAY’S OTHER FIXTURES
Kick-offs 3pm unless otherwise stated
Birmingham City v Brentford
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United
Bristol City v Reading
Burton Albion v Preston North End
Cardiff City v Aston Villa
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion
Leeds United v Rotherham United
Norwich City v Derby County
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves
Wigan Athletic v Huddersfield Town