MARTINO Chevannes hopes QPR Ladies can use home advantage ahead of four successive games at Honeycroft – but knows they’re in for a tough test in the first against Coventry United on Sunday.
United – who thumped Rangers 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in October – arrive in west London fourth in the FA Women’s Premier League, within one win of top spot.
“We know we’re in for a really tough test,” he told www.qprlfc.co.uk. “We played them earlier in the season and were comprehensively beaten.
“They’re in what looks like a four-way battle for the title this season. A win on Sunday could take them level at the top, so I’m sure they’ll be arriving eyeing all three points.
“But we know what to expect and we’re preparing accordingly. Hopefully we can continue our good vein of form performance-wise and, with a bit of luck, see if we can get something out of the game.
“Our next four games are all at home so it’s a great opportunity for us to use it to our advantage.”
Rangers return to FAWPL action for the first time since a crushing 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.
The R’s looked to have earned a valuable point in their bid to beat the drop, but Gemma Bryan’s 90th-minute winner snatched victory for the south Londoners.
“I was very disappointed for the players, they worked so hard,” Chevannes said.
“We defended really well throughout and it’s a shame we didn’t get something out of it, which I felt we deserved.
“But there were plenty of positives to take. We put in a great performance and if we can do the same for the remaining games we’ve got a chance of picking up some much-needed points.”
Chevannes has also called on his side to be more clinical in the final third, adding: “We still need to make better use of the chances we are creating; that’s been the story of our season.
“We’re creating chances but were just not taking them and it’s become a major problem.
“As we all know goals win games, and we really go need to stat capitalising on the opportunities we’re given.”
QPR Ladies will also be showing their support for Football v Homophobia this weekend, wearing FvH t-shirts before kick-off against Coventry United.
Sunday’s game takes place at Uxbridge FC, kick-off 2pm.
Our next four games are all at home so it’s a great opportunity for us to use it to our advantage.