R's in search of more away points
QPR are looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season as we head down to Ashton Gate to face high-flying Bristol City.
In fact it’s been over a year since QPR won two away games in a row and results on the road have undoubtedly been the R’s Achilles heel this season.
However, things have improved of late with Ollie’s side picking up seven away points from a possible 12 in the last month.
Bristol City’s dream of reaching the Carabao Cup final ended this week. Manchester City proved to be just too strong for the Robins but they can undoubtedly take immense pride and satisfaction on their run to the semi-finals and giving Man City a close game, which is something most Premier League clubs have struggled to do this season.
But as enjoyable as the cup run has been for City, they will know there is still so much to play for in the Championship this season.
They are currently situated in a very healthy fifth position, albeit knowing things could have been even better if they did not hit a mini slump recently which has seen them pick up just one point from a possible 12.
Whether that form has been affected by their remarkable exploits in the Cup is debatable but with that now behind them they should have no issues refocusing themselves for what should be a big 18 remaining matches.
From a far there is certainly a lot to admire about Bristol City. Their young and vibrant squad is capable of playing some great football, in an excellent redeveloped stadium with two of their stars Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid coming through their academy.
If the Robins were to make the step up to the Premier League then you would hazard a guess that they have the foundations in place to compete at that level.
Rangers have not enjoyed our recent trips to Ashton Gate, in fact you have to go back to 2002 for our last victory against Bristol City when Karl Connolly (2) and Kevin Gallen were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win.
Ian Holloway stated that he felt last season’s performance away at Bristol City was one of his worst during his tenure at the club. The R’s were beaten 2-1 but in truth that score-line did not justify City’s dominance on the day. Ollie and his squad will be desperately hoping to put that right on Saturday.
When and where?
Saturday 27th January 2018 - kick-off 3pm - Ashton Gate
Last Time Out
QPR 1-1 Bristol City - Saturday 23rd December 2017
Bobby Reid's late penalty earned Bristol City a point against Queens Park Rangers.
The R’s led when Robins centre-back Aden Flint got the final touch to a free-kick from his former team-mate Luke Freeman to put the ball in his own net.
Josh Brownhill hit the post and Josh Scowen cleared off the line from Matty Taylor as City pressed for a leveller.
They equalised ten minutes from time when Reid netted after Flint, by now playing as a striker, was harshly deemed to have been tripped inside the box.
- Bristol City have scored 32% of their goals in the league after the 75th minute
- QPR have conceded 60% of our goals in the second half of matches
- The R’s have not won in any of our last seven visits to Ashton Gate
Ian Holloway: “We played very well against them a few weeks ago so what we have to do again is be brave, have them chasing the ball and try and get it into areas where I feel we can hurt them. We have to pass the ball and risk them getting tired so that we can hurt them. I think they are a really good team, Lee has done fantastically well so it will be a challenge.”
Dean Holden (Bristol City assistant): “The focus now has to stay on the League and that's the challenge for the players. We expect them to fully focus on QPR, which will be a tough game at the weekend and Mr Holloway is coming back here so there will be added spice to that. The place will be rocking and it's up to us to get back to winning ways in the League and that's what we want to do quickly.”
QPR: Paul Smyth (thigh) remains out but Jordan Cousins and James Perch could both return to the 18. Idrissa Sylla is set to be side-lined for a while with a torn calf.
Bristol City: New signing Loïs Diony could be involved for Bristol City after completing a loan move from Saint-Etienne on Thursday.
Keith Stroud: Has handed out 85 yellow cards in 18 games this season.