The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

QPR are adopt­ing the Wat­ford way in or­der to keep their Premier League hopes alive, ac­cord­ing to de­fender Gabriele An­gella – and he should know.

An­gella was in­volved in the Hor­nets’ pro­mo­tion push last year be­fore join­ing the R’s on a sea­son-long loan, though the 26-year-old faces a bat­tle to en­joy two suc­cess­ful sea­sons from two.

QPR were 11 points back on the play-off spots head­ing into the week­end as Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink con­tin­ues to get to grips with the side af­ter re­plac­ing Chris Ram­sey in De­cem­ber.

Has­sel­baink has won only three of his first 15 matches in charge but An­gella says there has been a men­tal­ity shift to­wards a rock-solid de­fence – one that even­tu­ally paid off for Wat­ford.

“I think with Has­sel­baink we have a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity – he’s a good coach,” said An­gella.

“I think we have a lot of qual­ity, but the men­tal­ity is more im­por­tant.

“We work a lot on de­fence. I think we are more solid – when I played at Wat­ford we were solid and some­times played on the counter-at­tack. Now it is the same – we try to stay compact af­ter we score ev­ery time.

“We train more, we run and also the play­ers who don’t play a lot feel fit.

“Ev­ery year the Cham­pi­onship is dif­fer­ent; you need the play­ers, you need to be lucky.

“Ev­ery­body knows the ob­jec­tive – we have to win; we have to be pro­moted.”

And though time could even­tu­ally end up run­ning out for the Hoops this sea­son, Ital­ian de­fender An­gella in­sists there is a long-term fu­ture to shout about at Lof­tus Road, even if it’s not clear at present whether he will be part of it or not.

He added: “We have to try to con­tinue to do what the coach wants on the pitch and I think in the pre-sea­son – if I am here or not – he can work bet­ter with the team and build for next sea­son.”

LOAN: Gabriele An­gella

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