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Eustace: Plenty of work still to be done

ASSISTANT manager John Eustace has heaped praise on the QPR squad but is urging them to not rest on their laurels, following their recent good form.

The R’s – who head to Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday – have won four of their last five league games.

And Eustace says the players are relishing the opportunity to, hopefully, make that five wins in six when they head to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend.

“The lads have been working really hard and obviously it was a fantastic win on Saturday where we had to roll our sleeves up, dig in and get the result,” said Eustace, who stepped in for pre-match media duties with manager Mark Warburton feeling under the weather earlier this week.

“It’s going to be no different at Rotherham on Saturday.

“The lads have got to take full credit for it [the recent form]. They have been working really hard and they are the ones who cross the white line and put their bodies on the line. They have certainly been doing that of late and everyone has been really pleased with the work we have been doing.

“There is still a lot of hard work to be done and we won’t get a bigger test than Saturday away at Rotherham. We know what to expect from them, they are going to be very direct and will be looking to win second balls.

“They’ll put crosses into our box and if we defend that well then we can impose ourselves onto the game and play our football.”

The R’s added experience to their ranks during the January transfer window, with Charlie Austin and Stefan Johansen having already showed their worth on the pitch in the last couple of weeks. Full-back Lee Wallace has also returned to full fitness, too.

Eustace said: “The experience helps the group and it’s important that we get them fit because they are still a bit short of match fitness.

“In the last couple of games, Stefan and Lee [Wallace] have done well but there is still more to come from them. Charlie is getting his fitness as well. Their experience has been great on the pitch and now it is important that we get them fully fit and firing for the last 19 games.”

Saturday’s opponents Rotherham – like Rangers – are one of the Championship’s form teams. The Millers have won three of their last five games to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Eustace said: “Paul [Warne, Rotherham manager] has done a fantastic job. He is a really good manager and I have watched him from afar for a number of years now.

“He has got fantastic staff with him and a really good group of players as well. They are in a good place but, at the same time, they will know that we are in a good place at the moment and we are really looking forward to the game.”

Eustace provided a fitness update on Lyndon Dykes ahead of the trip to Yorkshire.

He said: “Dykesy came off against Blackburn and took a really bad bang. He’s going to be touch and go but if he’s not right then we have got Macca or Charlie to come in. Whoever we use will be ready to perform.”

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There is still a lot of hard work to be done and we won’t get a bigger test than Saturday away at Rotherham.

John Eustace
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