IAN Holloway says he and his squad of players “can’t wait” for the challenge of hosting table-topping Wolves at Loftus Road this weekend.
Following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bolton, the QPR boss is excited by the visit of Nuno Santo’s side, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “This fixture is a fantastic challenge for us, and one that we can’t wait for.
“Let’s see how we do. I think we’ve given everyone a game so far – and equally everyone is capable of giving us a game. That’s the Championship at the moment.”
And that fact was perfectly illustrated at the Macron Stadium, where Bolton – currently bottom of the table – looked to be heading for back-to-back wins when they took the lead against Rangers last weekend following on from their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
“We needed to do better against them at set-plays than we did,” Holloway said of the fixture which finished 1-1 thanks to Idrissa Sylla’s second goal in as many games.
“That’s the biggest part of their game. We practiced them enough but unfortunately with the injuries that we’ve got and the people that are out, we’re a little bit shorter as a team.
“We’ve got a more attacking line-up at the moment, and that puts more pressure on the lads who are out-and-out defenders.
“However, the second half at Bolton was everything I wanted it to be – apart from us scoring one instead of two. In the first half, I didn’t really like us, we didn’t play the game that we practiced. We didn’t do the things that we talked about.
“But when we did in the second half we looked the team that we are.”
Throughout the season, Rangers have consistently created numerous chances and have been left rueing missed opportunities with many feeling the points return so far is an unfair reflection on the performances.
“At the moment, the pressure is on that final ball to be a good one but, for me, that’s the last thing we want,” Holloway said.
“That needs to be inspirational, that needs to be free. You can only be unlucky so many times, and it’s not been one person – it’s been almost everybody.
“Results may be frustrating at the moment, but we have to keep building, keep improving and continue to get more of an understanding – particularly in that final third.”
With Wolves boasting the best away form in the division this season – they have picked up 13 points from six games on the road – they will provide a stern test for the R’s, something Holloway is fully aware of.
And the R’s chief is an admirer of the way in which they have been playing their football.
“Wolves have been more consistent than everybody else at getting the points that they need,” he said.
“Well done to them. I love the way that they try to do it, because it’s very different. They defend with five players, and also attack with five. And they very rarely have to change that.
“They drop into a 5-4-1, which is very difficult to break down, and they counter attack very quickly. They keep the ball and can move you around.
That’s suiting their team and their players at the minute.”
Holloway will once again have to contend with a number of defensive injuries this weekend, with Nedum Onuoha, James Perch, Grant Hall and Jack Robinson expected to be out.