Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies has said that the club are close to a decent run of away form, despite 11 games without an away win.
Ian Holloway’s side travel to south Yorkshire to take on Barnsley this evening, and the former Huddersfield man is adamant an elusive away win is not too far away.
In an interview in Saturday’s match-day program via getwestlondon, Smithies discusses how close the R’s have pushed teams on the road in recent weeks, and rues chances missed at Middlesbrough that would have seen the club pick up a shock result.
“I was speaking to someone at the training ground midweek, saying how we’re giving everyone a great game at home. We fancy ourselves to win all our homes games, while away from home we’ve not had a hiding. We’ve been beaten but not battered. It’s been by the odd goal and we’ve stayed in games.
“If things would have gone a little differently, we could have taken something away – like at Middlesbrough. Like I said, we had the chance that hit the post late on.
“That shows that we’re not far off away from home. If we can continue to build as we have been, I think we can have a good season.”
QPR sit comfortably in mid-table at this early stage having picked up 12 points from a possible 27, and face a Barnsley side near the foot of the table with just 7 points.
This early stage of the season provides no indication as to how the game will go, but the hosts surely have to be favourites considering Holloway’s side’s dismal away record.
Rangers’ record on the road has been shocking in recent months, but Smithies is correct in the admission that they have played rather well away from home, but are yet to have had the rub of the green on the day.
Barnsley are struggling, but will take heart from plucky performances in away outings at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and joint top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers, and manager Paul Heckingbottom will eye the clash with the Londoners as a must-win for his side.
The Tykes need the points and home wins over sides such as QPR will prove essential to survival, and a morale-boosting win would not go amiss this evening.
R’s fans, do you think you can finally break the spell and secure an away win?