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Washington: 'Let's put it right against Villa'

CONOR Washington says the players are keen to ‘write off’ the defeat at Derby by turning in a strong performance at Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

The R’s were one of the form teams in the division prior to Friday night’s trip to Pride Park, but suffered a 1-0 loss, although it was the display over the scoreline which was the greater frustration for Washington and the QPR dressing room.

“It was the manner of the defeat that disappointed us more than the result,” he told

“It just didn’t look like us. We looked good in the opening ten minutes, we knocked it around crisply and looked like we would continue where we left off.

“But after that, Derby got into the game, we ended up too deep and myself and Matt (Smith) were isolated. It was a tough night all round.”

Washington revealed the players spent time analysing the performance with Holloway on Sunday, as part of preparations for the mid-week trip to Villa Park, as they aim to rediscover the form that saw them pick up ten points from 12 prior to that loss.

“We had a meeting on Sunday about it, and how that game just wasn’t really us,” Washington said.

“It was a strange one because we played in the same system with a lot of the same personnel so it was hard to really put our finger on what went wrong.

“I think you have to give credit to Derby – they had a gameplan and they executed it well. They nullified us, but we have got to be better in games like that and try to find a way around it.

“It’s one of those where you go over it, but because of the Championship, you’ve always got another game around the corner to get ready for and our focus now is on Villa and making sure we go there full of confidence.”

Washington is certainly a player whose confidence is high at the moment. The 24 year-old netted four goals in six games for the R’s during January and February, and also hit the target for Northern Ireland in their 2-0 win over Norway eight days ago.

“It would be nice to get on another run for QPR again,” he said. “Ive had a lot of chances and hit the woodwork a fair few times, but I want to finish the season strong so that I can go away in the summer, and come back stronger, fitter and quicker for next year.”

Steve Bruce’s Villans are next in his sights, a side who are enjoying an excellent run of form, having won six of their last seven, including a 2-0 victory over Norwich at the weekend.

That spell of results has come on the back of losing eight of nine fixtures.

“This division is mad, isn’t it?” Washington said. “It’s a really tough league, and we are in the middle of a difficult run of fixtures – Derby, Villa and Brighton.

“But we are going to go up there with confidence, we’ve just got to write that Derby game off and go again with the form we had before it.

“It’s really important for us to finish the season in good form. We have got seven games left and we really want to move up that table as much as we can. And from the gaffer’s point of view, this gives him a chance to really bed his ideas into the group.”

We’ve just got to write that Derby game off and go again with the form we had before it.

Conor Washington