Ollie: Our approach needs to be the same again

IAN HOLLOWAY has called for the same again from his QPR players ahead of this weekend’s game against Hull City.

Despite losing for the first time this season at Norwich City on Wednesday night, Holloway was encouraged by the intensity and work-rate of his players, and he wants to see that on show against the Tigers, one of the favourites for promotion following their relegation from the Premier League last term.

“I expect Hull to approach the game in the same way our last three league opponents have,” Holloway said.

“They will try to play the same way. We are aware of that based on the information we have been given. We have got to go out there and do the same again, in terms of our approach.

“Hull have just lost one of their best players in Abel Hernandez. Hopefully it’s not too serious for him because he is a very good player.

“But it’s all about us. Can we keep building our own style? It was evident again at Norwich. We dominated for spells in the game, particularly in the first half, and that’s what we want our identity to be.

“But that’s twice now where we have let a goal in right after the restart and we need to look at why that’s happening. We’ve got to make sure we are at it again, straight away.”

As QPR’s new style of play develops, Holloway says it’s important that players can come into the team and take on the baton, which will take time as the players learn to understand the formation.

With Pawel Wszolek facing a late fitness test on a back problem sustained at Carrow Road and Joel Lynch likely to miss out with a hamstring injury picked up in the same game, Holloway said: “We need to make sure that players can come in and fit into the new system, seamlessly.

“Obviously Kazenga LuaLua is a different type of player to Pawel, but he is an attacking option for us.

“He is more comfortable on the left but we will need him to learn to play down the right side as well because he is going to want to get into the new team wherever he can, wherever he is needed.

“And that’s needed from players now more than ever because we are no longer allowed loans after the transfer window closes. That is going to have a huge impact on football.”

Like QPR, the Tigers have collected four points from their opening three games, but Holloway believes it is very difficult to pick out which teams will be there or thereabouts come May.

“It’s impossible to say who the favourites are for promotion in this division,” he said. “Look at how Cardiff, Wolves and Ipswich have started – would many people have had them as favourites? Probably not.

“Look at the quality that’s come down, and the quality that has come up as well – it makes for a very tough Championship.”

With Rangers back on home soil, Holloway wants QPR fans to back the team from the opening whistle – and he wants to see his players give the supporters a reason to make some noise.

“I am looking for the fans to respond to the team, and I want the team to give the fans something to respond to, with the way they close, the way they chase and the way they press,” he said.

“Not with the way we pass it, or with the way we beat someone – but with how we work for each other.

“Hopefully that will give us the platform to be successful.”

As well as Wszolek and Lynch being doubts for tomorrow’s game, late calls will also be made on Yeni Ngbakoto and Idrissa Sylla, who have missed the last two fixtures with ankle and head injuries respectively.

We have got to go out there and do the same again, in terms of our approach.

Ian Holloway
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