IAN Holloway admits he is considering making changes to his line-up this weekend against Barnsley.
Following defeats to Middlesbrough and Bristol City, Holloway is eager to get back on track when QPR host the Tykes and may opt for a change in personnel in order to do so.
The R’s chief is still frustrated by the manner of last weekend’s 2-0 loss to the Robins, who played more than an hour of the game with ten men at Ashton Gate, and he has called upon his players to get back to the level of performance they showed in their recent 3-1 win at Burton Albion.
“Last Saturday was desperately disappointing, especially when you come from that part of the world and you’re proud of your team and particularly the way that they’d been playing in away games recently,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I was expecting another positive away performance similar to the level we had been at.
“But our response to their sending off was very disappointing. They seemed to gain something from it, whereas we looked more nervous. We didn’t relish the opportunity to win the game.
“After going a goal behind on the stroke of half-time, we pinned them back at the start of the second half. But we should have been doing that at 0-0.
“It looked like only a matter of time before we’d equalise but, again, we didn’t take our chances. Then we got hit again, on the counter attack from a throw-in, where we should have had ourselves sorted.
“I can take defeat, providing you do the right things and you play the right way – you chase and no-one outworks you. But Bristol City had a belief and a determination about them that overrode us, and I just couldn’t stand it, to be honest.”
Mixed results this season have been Rangers’ undoing. Encouraging wins over teams towards the top of the division have coincided with disappointing runs of form.
“We’ve beaten teams that people didn’t think we could, like the top sides at home,” Holloway said. “But we’ve found it really hard to get the consistency that makes you a good team in this division.
“It was particularly unacceptable against 10 men last weekend. I can’t say that it was for a lack of effort, but I was bitterly disappointed and we have to bounce back against Barnsley on Saturday.”
Prior to our fixtures with Middlesbrough and Bristol City, Rangers had amassed 11 points from six games. And Holloway doesn’t want his players to forget the level of performance which produced that return.
“We were on a pretty good run before the last two defeats,” he said, “so we’ve got to fight through this difficult period. It’s about character.
“We can do it – we can come through this. We went one down against Cardiff on New Year’s Day and it didn’t even dent us. So that’s the spirit I’m looking for.
“We need to dig in and go back to what made us a good team previously.”
Pawel Wszolek and Paul Smyth are both in contention this weekend after overcoming concussion and a thigh strain respectively.
David Wheeler is expected to miss the remainder of the season following ankle surgery earlier this week while Idrissa Sylla (calf) and Jamie Mackie (back) are also unavailable for Saturday.
“Maybe we need to make a few changes against Barnsley to freshen things up a bit,” Holloway said. “Regardless, it’s a great game to have – because it’s our next one and it’s at home.
“It’s a chance for us to put things right, and I’m expecting a good reaction. I want to please our fans with our effort.”