OLLIE’S GIVEN HIMSELF A REAL DILEMMA
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.”
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