Bircham: We need to build a platform - starting at Wolves

MARC Bircham is hoping for a bit of role-reversal when QPR travel to Wolves on Saturday.

Four weeks ago, Paul Lambert’s struggling side picked up their first win in ten games with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road. That result kick-started a run of good form for Wolves, seeing them pick up ten points from their last five games, rising to 15th in the process.

After six defeats in a row, Bircham wants Rangers to use tomorrow’s game as a springboard for a similar run of form.

“It has been a really difficult spell, there is no getting away from that,” Bircham told www.qpr.co.uk.

“From those defeats there have always been some positives that we have been able to take from them, but we are fed up of saying that.

“We want to start turning performances into results, and that starts on Saturday at Wolves, and then against Ipswich on Monday.

“These are two big games for us and we need to get results from them.”

Wolves picked up back-to-back wins over the Christmas period, beating Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, and Bircham added: “They got that win against us and have kicked on from there.

“It was a tough one for us because we had James Perch sent off early in that game, and in the end we came really close to taking a point from it.

“They have built on that win. Hopefully it can be a bit of role-reversal this time, and we can go up there, get a good result and build a platform to really kick on between now and the end of the season.”

First Team Coach Bircham echoes the views of R’s gaffer Ian Holloway regarding the need for the squad to have greater belief in themselves, and he feels there is no better way for that to develop than by winning a game of football.

”Our performances haven’t been dipping, and we feel we have instilled confidence in the lads to play and get on the ball,” Bircham said. “But nothing will give your confidence a boost more than a win.

“We can do so much on the training ground to instil confidence and belief, but we all know that it’s results which will really help to kick it on.”

As they prepare their squad for the trip to the Midlands, Holloway and his management team have to contend with a growing injury list, which is hugely hampering their ability to pick a settled side.

Tjaronn Chery (thigh), Seb Polter (back), Massimo Luongo (groin) and Jordan Cousins (hamstring) are all doubts for the game, while Joel Lynch is hoping to overcome a rib injury in time to feature.

Steven Caulker (hip) and Nedum Onuoha (suspended) are both unavailable.

“There’s never a good time to have injuries but it’s really hard at this time of the year because there is such a short turnaround between games,” Bircham said.

“So it is a difficult period for us now but that’s the way football is, and we’ve got to get on with it.

“For the lads who haven’t played that might get a chance, it is up to them to grab their opportunity with both hands.”

Regardless of the injuries, Bircham says Rangers are travelling to Molineux with one thing in mind – taking all three points.

“You don’t go looking for a draw,” he said. “You’ve always got to be looking to take three, especially in this league.

“As we’ve seen recently there’s not that much difference between the top of the league and the teams down the bottom. If you take Brighton’s first shot out of our game on Tuesday, in the first half you would have struggled to tell which team is up the top and which team is down the bottom.

“So we have to go to Wolves with our belief and our philosophy that we want to play, but we know we’ve got to start scoring goals, and making the most of our opportunities.

“At Brighton we had some good chances, and I’m a big believer that your luck will change. I hate saying that because as a player you create your own luck, but the tide will turn for us. I am convinced of that.”

These are two big games for us and we need to get results from them.

Marc Bircham
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