QPR stick head into Tigers mouth
BOSS Steve McClaren takes his QPR side to the KC Stadium on Saturday in desperate need of a performance.
The R’s chief admitted after Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat against Rotherham United that his side have been poor and a display is much needed.
And as QPR head to Humberside, they will need to be much better than their two outings at Loftus Road this week.
Hull meanwhile have had an amazing turn around in form this season having struggled at the start of the campaign.
A relegation battle looked on the cards until Nigel Adkins guided them to their current mid-table position courtesy of a run that saw them claim 24 points in a 10 match unbeaten streak.
With the playoffs still, only six points off City will see the arrival of QPR as a chance to try and close that gap with nine matches remaining.
Head to Head
Hull wins: 18
QPR wins: 16
QPR 2, Hull City 0 - 23rd September 2006
Goals from the late Ray Jones and Dexter Blackstock helped QPR to three points at Loftus Road. Jones struck on the hour mark to put John Gregory’s side ahead before Blackstock added a second ten minutes from time. QPR would go on to finish the season in 18th place whilst Hull narrowly avoided relegation from the second tier.
Man in the Middle
Stephen Martin - Only his second QPR fixture of the season, Martin oversaw the R’s 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic back in August. Has handed out 65 yellow cards and three red cards in the 26 matches he has officiated this campaign.
Nigel Adkins: “QPR is going to be a tough, challenging game. We had a cracking game at their place and they still need points to ensure they’re avoiding relegation. It will be a good game.”
Steve McClaren: “We need to go to Hull and get a result. We've been poor of late and not playing to the level I know we are capable of. It's a tough game. Nigel (Adkins) has done well to turn things around there.”
News from the Treatment Room
Doubtful: Angel Rangel, Matt Smith.
Out: Markus Henriksen (suspended) & Jordy de Wijs.