IAN Holloway says his QPR side are now showing the sort of resilient attitude he wants as he readies them for tonight’s London derby against Millwall.
The R’s made it three league wins from three at Loftus Road on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town, and Holloway says it’s the growing character of his group which is giving him the most pleasure.
“At the minute we have done very well in the league at home,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Even against Hull when we went behind we managed to come back and win, thanks to the strength of the bench.
“It’s all about their workrate, working for each other and winning that ball back. It’s also about being ready to handle setbacks and staying strong.
“I believe we have managed to do that in every single home game this season – even the one we lost heavily (against Brentford) we managed to come back in the second half and show some fight.
“For me, when things go wrong for my players I am going to be there for them. And I need our fans to feel the same way.
“And now I’m looking forward to another challenge. Obviously it’s against a team I used to manage. Does that change anything? No, not for me. I just want to beat whoever is in front of us, and we have to earn that right.
“The lads are in a good place and we have to be ready to take on a very tough opponent.”
The Lions are 19th in the table after picking up five points from their opening six fixtures, which included a 4-3 defeat against the Tractor Boys – but the QPR boss believes their position in the table does not accurately reflect the danger they pose.
“We are going to need to be ready because whatever their scores have been so far I think Millwall have been terrific,” Holloway said.
“I spoke to Mick McCarthy on Saturday and he said to me, ‘How we beat them I do not know because they had about 23 shots and we only had five!’
“It’s a big day for us because we want to get higher up the league and I don’t want us to ruin the position we have put ourselves in by not getting another good positive result at home.”
Holloway has also called for the R’s fans to continue their terrific backing of the team – regardless of what happens on the pitch.
“We need our fans to be as up for this one as they were on Saturday against Ipswich. I have to say I think our fans have been brilliant.
“And the players are now focusing on what I think is the most important thing - and that’s the next thing that you do.
“It’s not about what you’ve just done, it’s about what you are doing next. If the last thing you did was make a mistake, we get the ball out of our net, we put it on the centre spot and we get ready to go and regain the initiative.
“The group understands how I feel about this. I don’t want us to ever give in. We need to be a formidable unit.”
Holloway handed a QPR debut to David Wheeler on Saturday, while fellow new-boy Bright Osayi-Samuel was an unused sub, and the R’s chief added:
“I’m delighted with who we’ve got and it’s about going to work now.
“The new lads have settled in well. They are hungry and that’s the order of the day for me – hunger and desire.
“It doesn’t matter where you have come from, it matters where you are going and how badly you want to get there.
“That feeling, that desire, it becomes infectious and we need to show that to our fans.
“I know my team is starting to feel the way I do – the glass is half full. Always.”