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Ollie: Every game in the Championship is huge

THIS weekend sees QPR take on Burton Albion. With Rangers 17th in the table and the Brewers 22nd it can certainly be considered a six-pointer, but manager Ian Holloway insists it is just like any other Championship fixture – a huge one.

“This isn’t a bigger game than any other,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk. “Every game in the Championship is huge.

“Looking at where we are in the table, it’s clear we need some wins but if we get those wins in the coming weeks then we will be closer to where we want to be.

“That’s how tight this league is.”

Despite the R’s lowly league position, they can point to wins over promotion-chasing Wolves, Sheffield United and Cardiff as evidence of the squad’s potential. However, disappointing defeats against sides further down the table have resulted in Rangers looking over their shoulder at the start of 2018.

“The teams towards the top of the division are more consistent than we are,” Holloway said. “They do things slightly better a few fractions more of the time. That’s the reality of it.

“Without the injuries we’ve had I honestly don’t think we would be in this position. We have had to cope with an injury crisis to the defensive side of the squad.”

Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion are enjoying a rich vein of form, picking up ten points from their last five fixtures which has left them in the relegation zone only on goal difference.

Prior to that run of results, they were bottom of the league and two points adrift of safety.

“I know what Burton do and how good they are at it,” Holloway said. “They are a lively opponent with a lot of experience in their team.

“We know we are going to have to be solid when we play them, like we were at Birmingham and like we were at Ipswich.

“I want them to come at us but I don’t expect them to do that. I think they will look to catch us on the counterattack so we will have to deal with that.”

“We failed to break them down at Loftus Road (the game finished 0-0) so let’s see if we can do it this time.”

Holloway is also keen to get a positive result for the loyal fans who will be making the trip to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, adding: “I want to say thank you to all the fans who will be going to support us.

“I want to give you a day to remember. We have to all believe we can do that.

“We need the fans to keep backing us and get behind the lads, particularly the younger fellas. These youngsters might not get it right all the time but they are working so hard for the shirt and for the club.”

I want to give the fans a day to remember.

Ian Holloway