Ollie previews Barnsley trip

IAN Holloway says QPR’s performances on the road so far this season show they have nothing to fear.

The R’s have put in creditable displays away from Loftus Road, but only have a solitary point to show for their efforts.

That came from a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, while Rangers were unable to take anything from tough fixtures at Norwich, Cardiff and Middlesbrough.

But as the R’s get ready for this evening’s game at Barnsley, Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “We have actually been playing well on the road but the problem has been we haven’t been able to hold onto a lead when we’ve got in front.

“We went ahead at Sheffield Wednesday, we went ahead at Cardiff and we went ahead twice at Middlesbrough. So we’ve got nothing to fear, we just need to be able to see games through.

“Can I make us a little bit more solid? Can we get what we deserve? We’ve got to go out there and try to earn it.”

Mounting injury problems have come at a bad time for Rangers, with tonight’s game being the second of three in a week for Holloway’s men.

With defenders Nedum Onuoha, James Perch, Grant Hall, Joel Lynch and Steven Caulker all being unavailable recently, Holloway has been forced to shuffle his pack.

Meanwhile, Josh Scowen missed our trip to Middlesbrough and Mass Luongo was unavailable for the weekend’s goalless draw with Burton Albion.

“Playing games on a Saturday, Tuesday away and then a Friday is a massive turnaround but that’s something we have to deal with,” Holloway said.

“We’re having to patch a few people up because some of the lads picked up knocks at the weekend in what was a very physical game against Burton.

“We are getting an awful lot of injuries where the lads have worked flat out for the team and for the shirt. And these games come thick and fast at this level.

“Do I take people who have got knocks? Do I save them? Can Robbo (Jack Robinson) get through another set of games in quick succession? Let’s see what our squad is like.

“I think we will have a better idea of where we are once these next couple of games are done.”

The Tykes came within seconds of grabbing an impressive draw at high-flying Wolves on Saturday.

After falling behind to a Bright Enobakhare strike at Molineux, Adam Jackson thought he had given Paul Heckingbottom’s side a share of the points with an injury time leveller, only for Alfred N'Diaye to grab a 93rd-minute winner for the hosts.

The result leaves Barnsley in 21st spot with seven points from their opening eight fixtures, but Holloway said: “Barnsley have lost a lot of their players but they are still playing well so it’s a great challenge for us.

“We kept a clean sheet at the weekend which pleased me and hopefully we can do that again tonight because it’s not something we have managed to do away from home yet.

“I am in a very good place and I know the lads are too.

“I want them to remember each other when they play. We are all in together, the lot of us. We’ve been showing that already this season, and I want that to continue.”

Onuoha (hamstring), Perch (knee) and Hall (tendonitis) remain out, while Lynch and Caulker are available after returning to the 18-man squad against Burton at the weekend.

Jordan Cousins has stepped up his recovery from a torn hamstring but won’t be involved tonight after featuring for the U23s at Watford yesterday afternoon.

Idrissa Sylla (knee) and Matt Smith (foot) are doubts, while it is hoped Mass Luongo will be available after missing Saturday’s game against the Brewers with illness.

We’ve got nothing to fear, we just need to be able to see games through.

Ian Holloway
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