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Freeman hoping history repeats itself for QPR

LUKE Freeman hopes history repeats itself this weekend as QPR look to get back on track at Birmingham City.

Rangers will aim to end a miserable run of 17 games without a win away from home when they travel to St. Andrew’s – the scene of their last success on the road.

Freeman and co. were 4-1 winners when the sides met back in February, and the R’s ace told ahead of this season’s trip: “Hopefully history repeats itself. We went on a decent run after winning at Birmingham last season so it would be great if we could do the same again.

“We’ve worked really hard this past week, preparing ourselves as much as we can for it.

“It’s now about getting our heads around it and looking forward to the game.”

Despite suffering a second straight defeat after losing to Leeds United last weekend, Freeman insists confidence is still high around the camp.

“Everyone’s in good spirits,” he said. “All you can do in these situations is keep working hard, keep the togetherness and team spirit in the squad which is what we’ve been doing.

“We’re doing everything we can on and off the pitch. I think it’s a matter of time before we turn things around.”

After the R’s injury problems this season, they have been boosted by the recent return of defensive duo Nedum Onuoha and Grant Hall.

Freeman admits the pair’s recovery – and James Perch's return to training – has given the squad an extra lift, adding: “It’s a massive bonus.

“We’ve got Perchy coming back soon as well. It’s like three January signings!

“It’s going to be a massive boost for us going into the second half of the season.”

Saturday sees Freeman come up against Steve Cotterill, with whom he enjoyed success during their time together at Bristol City.

Freeman, though, is keen to get one over his old boss this weekend.

“I’ve got fond memories with my old gaffer,” Freeman said. “We won League One and promotion to the Championship as well as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.

“They’re fond memories but the most important thing is where I’m at now which is QPR and getting three points for us on Saturday.”

Victory for Rangers would end a seven-game winless run – a run similar to that of Saturday’s opponents, who occupy the final relegation spot ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash.

“It’s a massive game for both teams,” Freeman said. “We need the win to get out of the rut we’re in and they need it to get out of the bottom three.

“It should be an exciting game and we’re definitely going there for three points.”

We went on a decent run after winning at Birmingham so it would be great if we could do the same again.

Luke Freeman