Villa win has Green fired up for Blues

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By FRANK McCAULEY

ROB GREEN be­lieves QPR are fired up to shoot down Chelsea after from Mon­day night’s 2-0 vic­tory over As­ton Villa.

A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their sec­ond win of the sea­son and move off the bot­tom of the ta­ble – and to within just three points of Villa.

In a game of lit­tle qual­ity, it was for­mer Burn­ley for­ward Austin who set­tled the game, but Green also played his part as QPR boss Harry Red­knapp saw his side pick up just their sec­ond clean sheet of the sea­son.

The re­sult may hold more im­por­tance for the R’s, who face a west London derby at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day be­fore wel­com­ing cham­pi­ons Man City to Lof­tus Road.

And Green – who re­cov­ered from an ill­ness to take his place in goal for QPR – feels he and his team-mates are now ready for the chal­lenges ahead.

“It’s pleas­ing to get the win, I’m de­lighted for ev­ery­one,” he said.

“It gives you that lit­tle bit of a lift go­ing into two tough games.

“If we hadn’t won, you’d be look­ing at the next two with a bit more con­cern.

“Games at home like this one are key, so it’s that bit more pleas­ing. It re­in­stalls the belief you’ve got. If you re­ally give it a go at home, some­times they can’t come up with an­swers.

“We asked ques­tions of Villa go­ing for­ward quickly, and it proved fruit­ful.

“In that re­spect it is find­ing a way to win games, find­ing a way to cause prob­lems and be­liev­ing in our own abil­ity as much as any­thing.

“If it means killing games off after an hour, so be it. That’s the sort of thing you have to do.”

CON­FI­DENT: Rob Green

TAR­GET: Ty­rone Mings

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