QPR boss Ian Holloway wants his side to create their own history at Nottingham Forest this weekend, at a ground where the R’s have failed to win in their entire history.
Rangers’ winless run stretches to a remarkable 33 matches at The City Ground, but Holloway doesn’t give a jot about that statistic and is only focusing on his current crop.
“We’ve never beaten Forest away apparently,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I don’t care about that. That’s history. Let’s focus on the here and now and what we’re doing in this moment.
“Can we take on their style and at the same time impose our style on them? That’s what we plan to do.
“We want to make our own history.”
Holloway’s personal record is good at Forest, as he alluded to.
He added: “I know I’ve had a few trips there and enjoyed it very much. I’ve got a good record there as a manager.
“They’re a good team and they’ve got a good manager.
“Mark (Warburton) knows what he’s doing. He sets up teams to play in a certain way.
“He educates his players and they’re improving as the season goes on.
“He’ll be confident because he’s got a very good team.
“We’re on the same points as them heading into this weekend - but come Saturday evening we want to be three points better off.”
The R’s head into the clash at The City Ground buoyed by back-to-back home victories against high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road this week.
Whilst most outsiders might have been surprised by those two results, Holloway insists he and his players weren’t, after a run of recent games where the R’s performances arguably deserved more.
“Those last two wins have been warranted,” he said.
“Surprising results? Not in our dressing room or at our club.
“We know we’ve been doing things right.
“People can say what they like and they always will, that’s the beauty of football.
“Nobody’s ever wrong are they? Because it’s their opinion.
“What we want to do is get people talking about us in a good light, and that’s what they’ve been doing this last week.
“But we know the bigger picture, and so do the QPR fans who have seen us produce good performances this season for the lion’s share of the games.
“I honestly don’t care what non-QPR people think. I couldn’t care less.
“A lot of aspects of our performances have been very good this season.
“What we’ve got to do now is improve our results away from home.
“Not necessarily our form, because we’ve been playing well.
“But we need to keep our shape better when we’re on top and in the lead on our travels.
“We’ve got to keep doing the good things we’re doing away from home. One win could change the mindset for us.”
Joel Lynch will return to the R’s squad after serving a one-match ban on Tuesday night.
Holloway added: “I’ve got a few things to consider.
“Lynchy coming back is good news.
“There’s a few knocks and a few issues to look into fitness-wise though.
“We’ll also have to think about how Forest are going to play, because they’ve changed shape a few times this season.”