- Leroy Fer looks ahead to Middlesbrough fixture
- R's lock horns with high-flying Boro' at the Riverside Stadium on Friday
- Fer determined to right the wrongs of season so far
QPR midfielder Leroy Fer accepts Middlesbrough are favourites for Friday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium – but is confident he and his team-mates can go there and cause Boro’ problems.
Rangers lock horns with Aitor Karanka’s side on Teesside on Friday evening, as the R’s come under the spotlight of the Sky Sports cameras once again.
Boro’ head into the clash in fourth place, with Rangers languishing in 13th – yet Fer is determined to upset the odds this weekend.
"Middlesbrough have started the season well, very well,” Fer told www.qpr.co.uk.
"They're higher in the league that we are at the moment and they play at home on Friday, so they'll be favourites.
"They're a very strong team, who reached the play-off's last season, but we are a strong team as well and we will be going there to try and win the game.”
Neil Warnock will once again take temporary charge of the R’s on Friday night, as the search for Chris Ramsey’s replacement continues.
And Fer is keen to impress the interim Head Coach, having started the R’s 0-0 draw against Preston North End prior to the international break.
"All you can ask as a player when someone new comes in, whether it's on a temporary basis or full-time, is that you are in their plans, so it was good to start that first game under Neil,” said Fer.
"He has made it clear that everyone is at zero again, so anyone can get picked, so it was up to me to convince him, and thankfully I did that by being named in his first team.
"Everyone knows that number 10 is my favourite position, so it was nice to play there, even though the final scoreline wasn't what we wanted.
"I hope to start against Middlesbrough again this Friday.”
Fer added: "Neil is the manager until we're told otherwise.
"We're concentrating on what the gaffer is telling us until a full-time appointment is made.
"We're professionals, so we know that trainers come and go. We have to adapt and try and do the best that we can on a daily basis.”
Fer readily acknowledges Rangers’ season so far has been disappointing to say the least, but he still believes he and his team-mates have the ability to right the wrongs over the coming weeks and months.
"It's been a tough season so far, that goes without saying,” he said.
"Personally, I've not played as many games as I'd have liked so far owing to injury, but I'm pleased to be back fit now.
"But as a team, we've not played to our full potential in many of the games and that's been frustrating.
"We started the season alright, but the last few weeks haven't been good enough.
"We need to manage that and play better for the full 90 minutes.
"At this moment, winning games is what matters most. We just need to start picking up three points.”
He added: "When I look around the dressing room, I feel confident that we can go on a run.
"But it's pointless us talking about it, we need to start showing it and doing it.
"I think we have a very strong team – we kept some good players over the summer – so it's up to us to string a series of victories together now, hopefully starting at Middlesbrough on Friday night.
"If we can get a good result on Friday, it will lift everyone’s confidence – ourselves and the fans.”
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