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Dickie: ‘We aren’t fazed by anyone’

DEFENDER Rob Dickie admits that the R’s still have work to do but is confident that there were plenty of positives to take from last Saturday’s opening-day defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

Rangers suffered a disappointing 1-0 reverse at Ewood Park, courtesy of Lewis Travis’ long-range effort.

Mick Beale’s side return to Loftus Road this weekend to face a Middlesbrough side who, like the Super Hoops, will be eyeing their first victory of the campaign - and Dickie admits that he can’t wait to be back playing in front of the W12 faithful. 

The 26-year-old explained: “We are really looking forward to showing the fans the new look QPR and showing them how we can control games.

“Hopefully, back at home in front of our supporters - especially when the crowd are behind you - it can really make a huge difference and if we can show a bit more of a spark and cutting edge in front of goal, then we will be in for a positive afternoon.

“Reflecting on Saturday, I think for most of the game we got out of it what we wanted to achieve, we stamped our authority onto it early on, we had a lot of good spells. But I think we were just lacking that final ball and that bit of quality on the final product.

“We didn’t create that much but we still had two very good opportunities. It was the final ball - whether it was the cross or the shot which let us down - but I know that will come with more minutes under our belts,.

“We definitely felt solid in our shape, we didn’t concede many chances against a good front three, so we were quite pleased performance-wise against tough opposition. But of course, we were disappointed with the result and we just need to keep working on the cutting edge in the final third.”

The R’s centre-half added: “I think our game-plan worked on their attacking areas, we certainly felt that we dealt with their threats, we forced the ball into areas of the pitch where they wouldn’t be able to get their key players on the ball and I think we did a good job in that sense.

“I think if we can be as solid as that out of possession, there aren’t many sides in this division who would break us down - their goal wasn’t really a chance, it came from a long effort. Their effort went in while Ossie’s (Kakay) hit the bar.

“Our shape will remain consistent against whoever we are playing, we have been working all pre-season on what we want to achieve without the ball, and we can be encouraged by how it worked for us on Saturday.”

The R’s welcome Middlesbrough to Loftus Road this weekend for the first clash of the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship campaign back in W12.

Dickie explained: “We respect every side in this division, but we aren’t fazed by anyone - especially coming to our home.

“We are really looking to seeing the supporters again, of course I missed a few games towards the back end of last season, so I can’t wait to play in front of the home crowd once again and hopefully we can get the result we all want.”

I can’t wait to play in front of the home crowd once again

Rob Dickie