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Scowen: We can play in different ways

JOSH Scowen believes that QPR can play in a number of different ways this season as the first game of the campaign edges closer.

The R’s have looked to move towards a more possession-based style of football during the pre-season and that was perhaps best demonstrated in the 3-0 victory against Union Berlin last Saturday.

Scowen, like the rest of the squad, is enjoying the style that Steve McClaren has implemented but made the point to www.qpr.co.uk that the team aren’t just a one-dimensional side:

“Everyone wants to play nice attractive football and I think with the players we’ve got here we are more than capable of doing that but then we’ve also got big Smudge (Matt Smith) if we need to go long,” explained Scowen.

“We’ve got a good mix and hopefully we can play some nice attractive stuff this year. It’s always nice to have a plan B so if the football game is not working we can actually go a bit more direct.

“If you look at the Union Berlin match when we played them last year they passed us off the pitch and I think we have done that to them on Saturday. I think it shows how the gaffer wants us to play this year and I think all the boys have taken to it well and we are enjoying playing that sort of football.”

Despite the change in playing style, the former Barnsley man does not expect his role in the side to be too much different to last year.

“At the minute I think my role is pretty much the same as last year, to sit in front of the back four, break up play and try to start moves off rather than finish them.”

With pre-season now finished all eyes turn to Deepdale on Saturday. QPR were somewhat unfortunate in suffering a 1-0 defeat against Preston last term and Scowen wants to see the team’s fortune change on the road this season.

“I didn’t think that we played badly in the away games last season but our results weren’t good and we needed a bit of luck that didn’t seem to come.

“Hopefully we can get that first win under our belt on Saturday. We know we are going to get a fight at Deepdale but we need to concentrate on ourselves and if we do that I think we will get the result.”