IAN Holloway has challenged his QPR players to continue to show signs of progress ahead of a big week in the Sky Bet Championship.
Rangers play host to Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon, before back-to-back away trips to Newcastle United (on Wednesday) and Blackburn Rovers (on Saturday), with the small matter of transfer deadline day sandwiched in between on Tuesday evening.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of the visit of the Brewers to Loftus Road this weekend, Holloway – who revealed Yeni Ngbakoto will miss the match with an ankle injury – said: “We’re still learning and we’re still a work in progress.
“I won’t need to change too much from our previous games.
“I’ve got a few players here who need a game, who I might think about playing, to freshen it up a bit.
“We’ve got a very busy week ahead – and I want to share out the feeling in the group.
“But the priority will be on beating Burton – I want us to look up, not the other way.
“If we can get a positive result to kick-start what is a really tough week ahead, I’ll be over the moon.
“Let’s see if we can keep this progress going.”
Holloway is well-aware of the threat posed by Saturday’s visitors, however, despite Nigel Clough’s side dropping into the bottom three last weekend.
“Burton will see this as an opportunity – of course they will,” he said.
“They’ll know that they can claw themselves closer to us by getting a result here.
“I think they’ve done really well – which I predicted they would do at the start of the season.
“They’re a shining example to anyone new coming into this division.
“Their biggest strength is their optimism and what a trait that is to have.”
He added: “It’s a very tough fixture, like they all are in this division.
“But provided we do what we do – and what we’re capable of by imposing our game on them – I’m confident and believe we can get a result.
“We’ve got to try and get a goal ahead and then take it from there. The three points are all that we’re craving.
“If we can do that by playing in a way that sends everyone home happy, I’ll be delighted.
“But make no mistake, this will be a really tough game. They’re a good side.
“I believe in us though, and I believe in what we’re doing.”
Holloway emphasised the important role the R’s fans will have to play this weekend, commenting: “Our fans will be vital again on Saturday.
“The atmosphere last weekend against Fulham was incredible – but I want that every week.
“I think the fans can see what we are trying to do.
“I’m very optimistic about the future for QPR, but also the present.
“Our fans will need to show the Championship the respect it deserves, because this league is so tough.
“Anybody who turns up at Loftus Road on Saturday and just expects us to roll Burton over doesn’t know the division.
“You only get out what you work for in life – and we’ll have to work our socks off to get a result, with our amazing fans right behind us.”
Finally, ‘Ollie’ was on hand to provide a brief update on what R’s fans could expect between now and the end of the transfer window, adding: “I mentioned about a sloth and a cheater last weekend – that was me being me and messing about a bit.
“But what I meant was that we’re taking our time, being due-diligent and pragmatic, and meticulous in terms of who we want and what we’re doing in this window.
“If I get the couple of players I’m after between now and the deadline, I’ll be absolutely delighted.”