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Barbet ready to take on hectic schedule

YOANN Barbet is ready to tackle the challenges that QPR will encounter during their hectic run of fixtures over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s draw at AFC Bournemouth kick-started an extremely busy schedule for the R’s, which will see them play seven games in just 21 days.

And Barbet, who helped his team keep their second clean sheet of the season against the recently-relegated Cherries at the weekend, is up for fight.

“I’m actually so happy that we are playing every three days, to be honest,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “Some people will think ‘they must be so tired’ but as a competitor that is what I want; play-play-play.

“We have started this period now and we have to take the positives from Saturday and build on that when we play at home [against Preston North End] on Wednesday.”

Rangers put in an excellent performance on the south coast and were unfortunate not to come away from the Vitality Stadium with all three points.

Barbet said: “Going away from home, that kind of performance is what you want. Playing against Bournemouth, nearly all of their players are of Premier League standard and we can be proud of how well we played.

“The spirit of the team was brilliant from the first minute until the last. It was a bit tougher second half because they pushed and, speaking at half time, we knew that they would.

“They didn’t really have clear chances, though, and that is brilliant for us against a team like Bournemouth, because I don’t think many teams will take points here this season. There’s a lot of positives for us to take.”

Two of the positives were the debuts made by Albert Adomah and Chris Willock, who were both introduced from the substitute’s bench by manager Mark Warburton during the second half.

“Albert made a great come-in and Chris Willock did well too,” said Barbet. “Macca [Macauley Bonne] did well on his first start and I was gutted for him that he didn’t score; he fought for 90 minutes and won a lot of headers, held the ball and will be a good addition for us for sure.”


As a competitor that is what I want; play-play-play.

Yoann Barbet