IAN Holloway believes QPR’s travelling supporters will have a significant impact on the game at Brentford this weekend.
The R’s will be taking on an in-form Bees outfit who have picked up 13 points from their last six fixtures, and Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s a derby and we know we’ve got to win it to guarantee we are safe. I don’t want to be depending on other people’s results.
More than 1,600 QPR fans will be packed into the away end, and Holloway added:
“Our fans will make a huge difference for us, a huge difference. They will have a real impact, and they know that. They are really important to us.”
Dean Smith’s side will provide a stern test for the R’s and Holloway has been impressed by the way they have gone about their work.
“Brentford have sold a lot of really good players but what an example they have been,” he said. “They have shown fantastic business sense.
“Well done to them and well done to their manager who has dealt with losing players. Their recruitment has been excellent. You have to give them total credit.
“But we are going to go there and try to whoop them!”
After an excellent spell of form during March, QPR have suffered five straight defeats, which has left them six points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.
It’s a run of results which has disappointed everybody, not least Holloway.
“I want to get back to winning ways because this is a horrible feeling,” he said.
“It’s been a very frustrating period.
“When we went into the international break after beating Rotherham I felt we were in a very good place.
“But have I seen the same people do the same things they were doing before that break? I expected those people to maintain that level of performance. That hasn’t happened.
“I can’t question their work-rate because they have worked hard. Is it frustrating? Yep.
“We have gained no points in our last five games, losing by the odd goal in all of them, but what better chance to put it right than on Saturday in a local derby?
“Whatever happens, we are trying to put it right, we are trying to get better. We know where we are and what we’ve got to do.
“We know that our level of performance and our level of commitment will need to be at their best at Brentford if we’re to get what we want to get out of the game.”
Nedum Onuoha is available for selection after missing Monday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday with a head injury, but fellow-defender Grant Hall remains out.
We know that our level of performance and our level of commitment will need to be at their best at Brentford.