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Ollie hopes R's can pull off Wolves shock

IAN Holloway has called upon his players to “pull off something that no-one believes we can” when QPR visit table-topping Wolves on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are currently 11 points clear at the top of the Championship and seemingly have one foot in the Premier League after taking 68 points from 30 league outings.

The Midlanders have only lost four league games this term and few outside of QPR are expecting anything other than a home win at Molineux this weekend.

Rangers’ official sponsors Royal Panda offer odds of 7/1 for a QPR win, while Wolves are as short as 2/5.

But that only serves to make Holloway more determined to cause an upset.

“Wolves are the most consistent team in the Championship,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.

“They play attractive football, they move the ball well and their manager deserves full credit for that.

“Let’s see if we can go there and pull off something that no-one believes we can. We beat them there last season and I believe we can do it again.”

QPR got back to winning ways last weekend, beating Barnsley 1-0 at Loftus Road with Josh Scowen netting the crucial goal against his former club.

Ryan Manning was sent off mid-way through the second half but the R’s comfortably managed the game to seal all three points.

While it was by no means a classic Championship clash, Holloway admits the victory was more important than the display.

“Sometimes the result is all that matters and that was the case last weekend,” Holloway said of a win which moved QPR ten points clear of the bottom three.

“I actually said to the lads at half-time that they were probably trying to win too much – it sounds weird, but I actually thought we were getting too many people forward and in the wrong areas.

“In the second half, I thought we did better and reaped the benefits of that.

“Ryan showed his eagerness to get around and put his foot in, and got himself sent off. That was a test and we came through it. Having lost to ten men against Bristol City we go and win with ten men. If anything sums up our topsy-turvy season, it was probably that.”

Form side

Winning 11 of their 15 league games at Molineux, Wolves have the best home form in the Championship and Holloway is certainly aware of the threat they will pose.

“It’s a big pitch there so we will have to make sure we get tight and get around them,” he said.

“We will need to be careful with our normal game of pressing and closing everywhere that we don’t get dragged out of position and leave open spaces.

“Their crowd will be buzzing. They know how good their team is and we know we are going to have to be on top of our game.

“I want to get over our last away performance because we just didn’t turn up at Bristol City. We need to make sure we turn up on Saturday and have our heads right.”

Mass Luongo is unlikely to be involved owing to a knee injury while forwards Idrissa Sylla, Jamie Mackie, David Wheeler and Paul Smyth are all out.

We beat them there last season and I believe we can do it again.

Ian Holloway
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