MARK Warburton’s men will be targeting three points in their final match before October’s international break when they host Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The R’s enjoyed a great run of form at the end of August and through September – winning four league games in a row – but back-to-back defeats since then has left them eager to return to winning ways.
In Wednesday’s defeat at Cardiff City, Rangers dominated for long spells and struck the woodwork twice as well as forcing home goalkeeper Alex Smithies into a number of good saves.
On another night, Warburton’s side could have taken three points back down the M4 but it wasn’t to be as Cardiff made the most of their set-piece situations.
Therefore, Saturday’s clash with Blackburn presents them with a great opportunity to head into the second international break of the season a positive note. Rovers – who sit 12th in the Championship currently – drew with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.
Head to head
QPR wins: 14
Blackburn wins: 23
QPR: Charlie Owens (knee)
Blackburn: Derrick Williams (back), Stewart Downing (fatigue)
Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale and can be purchased online, by calling the Box Office during normal opening hours or by visiting Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in person also during normal opening hours. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets online.
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QPR Manager Mark Warburton: “I expect Blackburn to be really organised. They have good experience throughout their ranks – Greg Cunningham, Bradley Johnson, Stewart Downing, Danny Graham – and they have quality too. They are really well managed and they know their roles and responsibilities so we expect another tough test.”
Blackburn Manager Tony Mowbray: “QPR are playing a different system to the one they had last season, they have a new coach and there’s a lot of positivity around their camp at the moment. We’ll go there in confident mood. We feel we’re better than the one point from the last two games, but at some stage we need to prove that by getting more points on the board.”
Simon Hooper will take charge of Saturday's clash at Kiyan Prince FOundation Stadium.
So far this season, Hooper has overseen four matches where he has dished out 13 yellow cards but no reds.
Hooper last took charge of QPR for the 1-1 draw with Derby County in March 2018.
He will be supported by assistant referees Daniel Leach and James Mainwaring and fourth official Sam Purkiss.
QPR fans based outside of the UK & Ireland can watch Saturday’s match against Luton live on QPR+. Match packages are priced at just £5 and you can purchase yours by clicking HERE.
UK-based fans who cannot attend the game can listen to live audio commentary on QPR+. To sign, please CLICK HERE.
QPR 2, Blackburn Rovers 0 – 3rd October 1981
Dave Sexton’s Queens Park Rangers side clashed with Blackburn Rovers on October 3rd 1981, with the R’s running out 2-0 winners on W12’s famous plastic pitch.
Rangers headed into the game having only won three of their first seven league fixtures, with aim of using this fixture with the Lancashire side to kick-start their campaign.
Sexton’s side started well and half-way through the first half John Gregory gave the R’s a deserved lead. Gary Waddock picked up a loose ball from a poor Rangers corner before eventually finding Gregory, who was able to scramble the ball home at the far post. It was his third goal in the blue and white hoops since his summer arrival from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Throughout the afternoon, striker Clive Allen was looking to score his first for the R’s since his return to W12 in the summer. As the full-time whistle loomed, he finally was rewarded for his hard work, when he was able to tap home after an amazing Glen Roeder run, sealing all three points for the west Londoners.
Later on that season, Sexton’s side went on to reach the FA Cup final where they met Tottenham Hotspur, but felt heartbreak in the replay to the north London side.
Starting XI: Burridge, Gregory, Fenwick, Waddock, Hazell, Roeder, Micklewhite, Stainrod, Allen, Currie, Gillard.
QPR fans will once again be able to donate non-perishable foods to Fulham and Hammersmith Foodbank on Saturday.
F&H Foodbank will be in W12 ahead of every weekend game and – when the R’s faced Luton Town a fortnight ago – supporters donated more than 110 kilograms of food.
To find out more, please CLICK HERE.
Family Fan Zone
As is the case for every weekend home fixture, the QPR Family Fan Zone will be open to supporters young and old from midday.
To find out more about this week’s FREE zone – where an American Football Team will be in attendance on Saturday – please CLICK HERE.