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Ollie: 'I’m looking forward to the challenge'

QUEENS Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway says he’s looking forward to the challenge of trying to break Ipswich down when the Tractor Boys visit Loftus Road on Saturday.

Ipswich have perhaps been the surprise package of the season for many pundits following their good start.

But R's boss Holloway believes Mick McCarthy’s side are where he expected them to be after the opening games of the campaign.

Ollie revealed: “Why would anyone be surprised that Mick (McCarthy) - who has won this Championship twice - has got his team near the top of the table at the start of the season?”

“They haven’t got the money everyone else has had and that can get fans murmuring. But it’s nothing to do with the job Mick has done. You won’t get anything against Ipswich unless you match the honesty and hard work that Mick gets out of his team.”

The R's chief is pleased with how his side have started the season, particularly QPR’s home form.

The Hoops have won both their league games in W12 this season, scoring four goals and conceding just one.

And Holloway said the progress his side has made over the last few months has given him plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

“A lot of the things we’re doing I really like the look of," he said. "I think we look really composed – we’ve grasped on to loads of things and now, especially away from home, it's about turning that into points.

“We’ve overcome some things at home, we’ve gone behind and managed to comeback with a late winner which is probably the best feeling you can get in football.

"It’s all about us developing as a group, the window is done now and I want to start getting a really tight team together – something I feel we are in the process of.”

Ahead of Ipswich's arrival in west London manager Holloway was very specific about what kind of game he was expecting to see and how he wants his team to approach it.

“I think it’s going to be a very combative game," he admitted. "I think we have a high pressing midfield and so do they. There won’t be much space in the midfield that’s for sure – we know that and Mick McCarthy has said that he’s happy for opposing centre-backs to have the ball.

“I think there will be goals here – hopefully we can score more than them but I’m looking forward to the challenge of a tight pitch and trying to break them down on it." 

You won’t get anything against Ipswich unless you match the honesty and hard work.

Ian Holloway