TONIGHT sees QPR host Fulham at Loftus Road, and Ian Holloway has urged his players to ‘get at’ the Cottagers.
In front of what is sure to be a white-hot atmosphere in W12, the R’s chief is keen for his men to stamp their style on the game, a match which he believes could help kick-start QPR if they were to be victorious against their in-form opposition.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have only lost one of their last six outings, and include creditable wins over Nottingham Forest, Hull and Ipswich within that run, as well as a draw against table-topping Cardiff City.
“I can’t wait for this game,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I think they play a marvellous way and I really like their manager. The job he has done for them has been nothing short of sensational. He is a really good man as well, and I have the utmost respect for him.
“We are going to try to really get at Fulham – not because it’s a local derby but because that’s our style. We want to develop into a team that doesn’t give you much time, that disrupts you, that pins you in.
“Look at this game last season and our opening goal from Ryan Manning - that came from us pressing and closing down.
“Fulham have been in the Premier League in recent years like we have, so the expectation of their fans is similar to ours – so what a wonderful night to look forward to!”
As the visitors look to continue their surge up the table, they will be up against a QPR side yet to lose a league game at Loftus Road this season.
And Holloway believes it is in the middle of the park where this game could be decided.
“Through their midfield area they are as good as anyone in the division but I’m very pleased with our midfield areas as well,” he said.
“That’s why I am so excited about this game. Games are won and lost with your strikers and with clinical finishing, but really it’s in that engine room.
“We are going to need to be at our best but, if we are, I believe a win against this lot could start a little fire again for us.”
Idrissa Sylla is available for the visit of Fulham this evening after missing the mid-week trip to Barnsley with a knee injury.
It remains to be seen whether Steven Caulker will feature in his second game in the space of three days after a month out prior to his appearance against the Tykes, where he completed 74 minutes of action.
James Perch, Nedum Onuoha and Grant Hall remain out.