The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

QPR boss Ian Hol­loway fears his side are far from safe in the Cham­pi­onship – de­spite start­ing the week­end nine points clear of the bot­tom three.

Hol­loway’s side went into the week­end in 15th place and had suf­fered just a sin­gle de­feat, to Pre­ston, in their pre­vi­ous six league games.

And the 54-year-old man­ager wants to fin­ish the sea­son well with some strong per­for­mances at Lof­tus Road to en­sure a good start to next year.

“We’re not safe yet – so we need to get re­sults to move us closer to safety,” he said.

“We need to get enough points on the board to al­low us to start build­ing for next sea­son.

“But the mind­set of the play­ers and the crowd has to be right. We need to keep march­ing for­ward.

“This is our ground, our cave. We want to build on our last three wins here, when we’ve re­ally given the fans some­thing to shout about.

“The boys have been ter­rific in re­cent weeks and I can see a real con­sis­tency com­ing, but you have to earn that right.”

Left-back Jack Robin­son, 23, and winger Kazenga LuaLua, 26, are both close to re­turn­ing to full fit­ness for QPR, with Hol­loway an­tic­i­pat­ing se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion for start­ing places.

To ac­com­pay his side’s re­cent up­turn in form, Hol­loway has some tough se­lec­tion de­ci­sions to make be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.

“I’m not sure what my best team is at the mo­ment, be­cause ev­ery­one is push­ing for a start,” he added.

“But what en­cour­ages me is the squad are all push­ing each other on.

“Even if they’re not playing, they know they can come off the bench and make an im­pact, which we’ve shown in re­cent weeks.

“I’ve got some se­lec­tion headaches, that’s for sure.”

CALLS: Ian Hol­loway

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