CARETAKER boss John Eustace insists that Sunday’s final-day clash at Sheffield Wednesday is an important one, as his squad strive to end the season by earning a positive result.
Rangers and Wednesday will both be playing Championship football next season and – despite both teams seemingly not having too much to play for – Eustace says that he wants the R’s to go out on a high.
“It’s still an important game and it’s important that we finish with a good performance,” he told qpr.co.uk. “The attitude of the lads has been good this week, they have all trained very well and it is important that we go to Sheffield Wednesday, are competitive and don’t let ourselves down.
“From day one, since I took over, I said that I wanted us to be competitive in every game that we played.
“Apart from the first 40 minutes against Norwich, that has been the case. We have had some good performances without getting what we have deserved.
“It’s important that we are competitive again in the last game of the season, that we play for pride and give it our all.”
Rangers beat Wednesday 3-0 at Loftus Road earlier in the season but Eustace says that the result in W12 is not important now.
He said: “It’s two different teams now and that result won’t have any relevance on Sunday’s game.
“Sheffield Wednesday are an excellent team. Steve Bruce has gone in there and done a fantastic job. If the season was a few weeks longer then I’m sure they would have ended up in the play-offs.
“They’re a good team, very experienced and it is going to be a good game for our boys to go into and be competitive.”
Eustace has handed opportunities to a few of Rangers’ young players in recent weeks and he may do the same at Hillsborough on Sunday.
“Possibly,” he said. “Everyone has trained well this week and whoever we put out there will be wearing the shirt with pride and wanting to put in a good display.”
Finally, the caretaker manager thanked Rangers fans for their support throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
He said: "The away support from our travelling fans has been fantastic the entire season, so we're aiming to put in a good performance to show our appreciation."