RANGERS FIRED UP TO BREAK AWAY DUCK

QPR OUT TO CAUSE MORE PROB­LEMS FOR SUN­DER­LAND, SAYS DE­FENDER JACK ROBIN­SON

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

QPR aim to break their away duck when they tackle Sun­der­land at the Sta­dium of Light to­mor­row.

Un­less it’s a draw, some­thing has to give, as the Black Cats are seek­ing their first home suc­cess of the cam­paign.

In­deed, their drought on Wear­side stretches back 10 months to last De­cem­ber.

QPR de­fender Jack Robin­son is aim­ing to help the vis­i­tors get that long-awaited break­through road tri­umph.

“Sun­der­land’s sup­port­ers will ex­pect a home win, but we want to cre­ate prob­lems for them and get a pos­i­tive re­sult, said the 24-year-old.

“We’ve been in all the away games we’ve played in this sea­son, ei­ther draw­ing or only los­ing by the odd goal, with the ex­cep­tion of Nor­wich.

“We need to take our chances when they come our way and also keep them out at the other end, be­cause we’ve con­ceded a few sloppy goals this sea­son.”

On the road this sea­son, QPR have man­aged 1-1 draws at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Barnsley, as well as go­ing down 2-0 at Nor­wich, 2-1 at Cardiff and 3-2 away to Mid­dles­brough.

The Lon­don­ers head into the Sun­der­land game with a pos­i­tive mind­set, de­spite los­ing 2-1 to neigh­bours Ful­ham in their last match a fort­night ago.

Home fans ap­plauded the QPR team off at Lof­tus Road that night, and Robin­son ap­pre­ci­ated the back­ing.

“QPR fans are very knowl­edge­able,” he told qpr.co.uk. “I think they can see from our per­for­mances this sea­son that we’re giv­ing 110 per­cent ev­ery time we go out on the pitch.

“Win, lose or draw – we’re giv­ing ev­ery­thing.

“With their sup­port, we’ll con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing we can – home and away – to climb the ta­ble in the coming weeks.”

Robin­son is aim­ing to play his sev­enth straight game, hav­ing worked his way back to full fit­ness this sea­son, fol­low­ing an in­jury-rav­aged 2016-17.

“To hear the gaffer say I’m the first name on his teamsheet at the mo­ment is bril­liant,” he added.

“I think I im­pressed him in the first few weeks of pre­sea­son, but so did ev­ery­one, so it got to the last cou­ple of weeks of the win­dow and there was some talk about go­ing out on loan.

“We had a talk, an hon­est chat. He said he didn’t think I was go­ing to get much ga­me­time.

“I said to him that I thought there was a place for me in this QPR team this sea­son – and that I wanted to fight for my place.

“A few weeks later, the in­juries started to pile up and I was train­ing well, so I got my chance. He pulled me aside and said I was go­ing to start the Ip­swich game – and I haven’t looked back since.”

QPR’s Pawel Ws­zolek (left) bat­tles it out with Ful­ham’s Ryan Sesseg­non in their 2-1 derby de­feat two weeks ago.

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