HOOPS ARE LIKE HORNETS INSISTS ANGELLA
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