Rangers out to tame Tigers
STEVE McClaren’s QPR side will be looking to end a positive week with three points against Hull City at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The R’s have taken creditable draws against Stoke City and Rotherham United on the road during the past seven days but will want to cap the week with a victory against struggling Hull City.
The Tigers find themselves in the bottom three after a poor start to the season, although showed some fighting spirit in mid-week to hold league leaders Norwich City to a goalless draw.
Hull certainly have quality amongst their squad to climb up the table. It was only two seasons ago that they were competing in the Premier League, but like so many teams in this division have found the Championship a tough cookie to crack.
Scoring goals has been a fundamental issue for Nigel Adkins side, with only the two teams in the league finding the net on fewer occasions.
However, there’s still a lot of the QPR squad who were on the end of a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the Tigers at the back-end of last season and will be looking for revenge.
There’s been some close contest’s between the two sides in recent years with Idrissa Sylla netting a 90th minute winner the last time the two teams met in W12.
Head to Head
QPR wins 16
Hull City wins 17
Previous classic meeting
QPR 2-1 HULL – SEPTEMBER 2017
Idrissa Sylla netted an injury-time winner as QPR came from behind to beat Hull City at Loftus Road.
Jarrod Bowen had given the Tigers the lead 10 minutes before half-time against the run of play.
Substitute Matt Smith levelled from Luke Freeman's ball in, before the Guinean international popped up to finish off after Conor Washington's shot had looped into his path.
Man in the Middle
Jeremy Simpson – Has given out 47 yellow cards, four red cards and three penalties in 12 games this season. His last match officiating the R’s was a 0-0 draw against Birmingham earlier on in the campaign.
Steve McClaren: "After two away results we need to make sure we don’t take our foot off the gas now. We have to move forward again.
“This is a test and a good challenge for the players. Can they do it? The third game in a week. It will be a totally different game but we have to have the same attitude."
Nigel Adkins: "QPR is going to be another tough game and they’re in good form, but we should go there with confidence and we have a good spirit about ourselves."
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