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Ollie eyeing three league wins in a row

IAN Holloway has called on his players to make it three out of three when they take on Middlesbrough this weekend.

QPR have got a 100% league record in 2018 following victories over Cardiff City and Burton Albion, and they will be looking to add Middlesbrough to that list on Saturday.

“We go into this one with a great feeling of positivity after those back-to-back league wins,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.

“I’ve got to say that the atmosphere among the boys is as good as it’s been since I’ve been back here. Coming into training on Monday morning was a joy - now let’s see if we can make it three in a row!”

Tony Pulis comes to Loftus Road aiming to close the gap on the playoff spots. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss has only been at the Riverside a month but, with Boro just two points adrift of the top six, he won’t want to be leaving west London empty handed.

Holloway knows his R’s team will face a stern test but has confidence in them after their impressive recent run.

“It’ll be a tough ask against a side with a good manager in Tony Pulis,” he said.

“He’s just picked up a new team and his methods are proven. His teams are always difficult to break down and score against.

“However, take our FA Cup defeat out of it, we’re on a good run of form – probably our best in the league for quite a while – following three wins, two draws and one defeat over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Holloway finds himself with a selection headache in the attacking third of the pitch this weekend after his strikers all weighed in with goals.

Matt Smith and Paul Smyth netted against Cardiff City while Aramide Oteh and Conor Washington scored in our victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

“It’s nice to have some of the younger lads coming in and scoring,” Holloway said. “And if they do well I’ll keep them in and around the squad because it’s important that we get the right balance.

“Conor was excellent last weekend. I don’t think he’s played better for QPR than he did last Saturday. I thought he was absolutely brilliant.

“The balance of him and Rem (Oteh) really did work. Matt Smith did well when he came on, too.

“It’s about sharing out the responsibility.”

QPR’s recent run has lifted them to 14th in the table and Holloway wants that form to continue.

“Let’s see if we can go to work once again on Saturday, let’s see if we can create some more chances and let’s see if we can keep taking them,” he said.

“After some positive results recently, things look much brighter for us and it’s about being consistent now.

“Every week is a challenge, every week presents a tough game and every week can go a different way, as we’ve found.

“So it’s all about showing your discipline. You have to keep going, not show disappointment and keep trying to win.”

Things look much brighter for us.

Ian Holloway
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