Ollie confirms midfield duo miss out

IAN Holloway has confirmed Massimo Luongo and Jordan Cousins will both miss tonight’s trip to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.

Luongo was forced off at half-time in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa owing to illness, whilst Cousins jarred his knee against the Villains.

Neither player has travelled to the Midlands, and Holloway has also had to contend with a couple of other late withdrawals owing to injury.

“We’ve picked up a few knocks after the weekend,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Mass is still ill and hasn’t travelled, which is a shame.

“Jordan is out too. He jarred his knee on Saturday just before half-time. It’s just a precaution and we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for Brentford.

“We also lost Darnell (knee) and Bright (ankle) yesterday morning in training, so that’s disappointing, because they were both in contention.”

Those absentees mean Michael Petrasso, Paul Smyth and Ilias Chair have all travelled with the squad and Holloway added: “Late drop-outs owing to injury are never ideal, but that’s where you’ve got to utilise your squad.

“It’s an opportunity for those coming into the squad to impress and knowing those boys as I do, I know they’ll be looking to lay down a marker if they play their part.”

Rangers head to Pride Park still looking for that elusive first away win of the season, yet despite that worrying statistic, Holloway is in upbeat mood, insisting his side can provide Gary Rowett’s play-off contenders with problems of their own this evening.

“The whole mindset away from home needs to change for us,” he said.

“It’s something we’ve discussed and it’s something we’ve been working on.

“We need to look at the way we play on our travels, but I’m not going to talk publicly about how we do that, because we don’t want to give away our game-plan.

“What I will say is that I’ve got every confidence and belief in this group of players to go and get a result at a place like Pride Park.

“I mean that when I say it, because I work with these players every day of the week and I believe in what we’re doing day in, day out, week in, week out.”

Holloway, however, was quick to acknowledge the threat posed by the Rams, commenting: “Derby are in a good place under Gary.

“You hear a lot about the Derby way, but I think it’s looking a lot like the Gary Rowett way now.

“They’ve got great quality and great numbers.

“It’s a tough ask for us, on what is a massive pitch, but we’re heading there in good spirits.

“We feel we’ve deserved more from a lot of our away performances this season and hopefully we’ll get what we deserve soon - but we’ll have to earn the right.”

I’ve got every confidence and belief in this group of players to go and get a result.

Ian Holloway
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