IAN Holloway wants his QPR players to take inspiration from Rangers’ 1967 League Cup Final winners this weekend, as the club pays tribute to the class of 66/67 some 50 years on from their Wembley triumph.
Holloway, whose side will wear a special commemorative kit against Cardiff City at Loftus Road on Saturday to mark the occasion, admits he’ll be a proud man when he manages the R’s on the day of such a significant milestone.
He told www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s great what the club is doing this weekend by celebrating our legends of 67’ and we’re all very proud of it.
“The shirt is special. All the boys are talking about it and they can’t wait to wear it – but we want to make it a winning shirt.
“I want my players to understand that I want them to be famous, to be remembered, like the heroes of 50 years ago.
“It’s quite fitting that Neil (Warnock) is bringing his team to Loftus Road because we both have some past history with QPR. Deep down, though, it’s about my team playing in a way that makes me proud and makes the fans proud.
“At the moment we’re a long way off that, but the way they’re working is something that’s much more pleasing. I believe our fans will agree with that.
“What we need is to start make some of our lads’ heroes with this generation and make these QPR kids come along and want to inspire to be as good as some of the ones I see here.”
Holloway will be minus the services of Kazenga LuaLua (ankle) and Luke Freeman (suspended) on Saturday, and he admits – with three games in seven days – he will look to utilise his squad over the coming week.
“We’ve got a couple of injuries that we’ve picked up in training,” he said.
“Kazenga’s twisted his ankle so he’s going to be out for a few weeks which is very disappointing. He’s worked hard to get into the team and done brilliantly lately. We’re going to miss him.
“I’m going have to make some changes and utilise my squad.
“We’ve got some great games coming up so let’s see how we go. We’ll need the squad.“
On the threat posed by Warnock’s improving Cardiff side, Holloway added: “Cardiff have done brilliantly under Neil.
“They were in the bottom three when he took over and now they’re six points above us, but we want to claw that back.
“We know it’s going to be tough but it’s a game we’re all looking forward to.
“Our away form’s better than our home form so we’ve got to sort that out. We’ve got two big games coming up at home this week so I’m looking forward to that.
“What you need is a run of games. We need another one and then the optimism will return. The Championship is relentless, week in week out.”