Burton Albion fixture brought forwards

QPR’S home fixture against Burton Albion, previously scheduled for Tuesday 14th February, has been brought forward to Saturday 28th January at the request of both clubs.

Both Rangers and the Brewers were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage, allowing this fixture change to take place.

The Sky Bet Championship match will kick-off at 3.00pm at Loftus Road.

QPR CEO, Lee Hoos, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We’ve managed to bring this fixture forward to a 3.00pm kick-off on a Saturday afternoon, which is something we’ve not had in recent months for one reason or another.

“Both clubs were keen to do this, so it made perfect sense to take advantage of the free slot in the fixture schedule.

“However, we apologise for the lateness of this change.

“We wanted to confirm this change sooner rather than later, but due to the fact that both Chelsea and Fulham were drawn at home in the FA Cup fourth round our hands were tied somewhat until those fixtures were confirmed. The club needed to wait until confirmation of the scheduling of their fixtures on Friday before getting both police and local authority permission to play on that date.

“The club will be working on gestures of goodwill for all supporters who have been inconvenienced by this late change, including Burton supporters, as well as those who are no longer able to attend this fixture as a result of this late change. A further announcement will be made in due course."

QPR Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, added: “From a playing standpoint, it’s always advisable to avoid fixture congestion, and this will free up a midweek later on in the season, increasing the players’ recovery time between games.”