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Recent run has given us belief

RYAN Manning says QPR’s recent four-game winning run has given the squad belief that they can go out there and do it again.

The R’s impressive form was brought to a halt by West Brom at the weekend, but the 23-year-old says the dressing room is determined to begin a new run as quickly as possible, starting with tonight’s trip to Cardiff City.

“After winning four on the bounce things were going our way and we were playing well but we didn’t play as well as we know we can on Saturday,” Manning told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Like the gaffer said afterwards, we probably showed West Brom too much respect and we didn’t implement what we wanted to do on the game.

“But we have picked up 12 points from the last 15 available and can look on that positively.

“Now we have a game tonight which is the perfect scenario because it gives us an early opportunity to put things right. Hopefully we can move on and start a new run.”

Manning enjoyed a physical but fair tussle with former team-mate Darnell Furlong and is pleased to see the Rangers academy product doing well.

“Me and D have known each other for years and it was good to play against him,” Manning said. “It was a great little battle between us and I enjoyed it. He is doing really well which is nice to see.”

Now focussing his attentions on the Bluebirds, Manning said: “It’s all about taking it one game at a time and trying to piece another run together.

“In the Championship we have seen that if you put two or three wins together you can shoot right up the table.

“It’s a difficult thing to do but the fact we have done it once has given us the belief that we are capable of doing it again.”

Manning has impressed the R’s fans with his consistent form this season. Having joined the club as a forward in 2015, he has been used in a number of roles before becoming a regular at left back.

So what position does he describe himself as?

“Left back, centre-mid, striker, right winger!” comes the reply. “The only place I haven’t played is in goal!

“On a serious note, I am enjoying it. I played left back at the end of last season so it isn’t too unfamiliar to me.

“The style of football we play is ideal. The full backs get a lot of the ball so I am really enjoying it and enjoying contributing to the team.

“Hopefully we can all keep our performances up and we can shoot up the table.”

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff will be aiming to extend their unbeaten home run this evening, having picked up ten points from 12 available at the Cardiff City Stadium this season. But they will face a determined R’s side.

“There was a lot of disappointment on Saturday and Sunday with the way we performed against West Brom and the result, but everyone is looking forward to this challenge,” Manning added.

“It will be a tough, physical battle but I think we showed at Millwall that we are more than capable of handling that side of the game.

“Hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance.”

 

It’s all about taking it one game at a time and trying to piece another run together.

Ryan Manning
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