Queens Park Rangers host Stoke City in the Championship tomorrow.
The two teams will look to ease their relegation fears with a win in West London tomorrow.
QPR sit in 17th place of the Championship table going into the weekend, nine points above the drop zone and five ahead of Stoke in 21st, who’ve a four point gap to Wigan below them.
Winless in four league games and without a goal this month, Mark Warburton’s side will be gunning for a return to winning ways tomorrow against a Stoke team who’ve won three of their last six.
“It’s seen as a good point I think by many people, but the fact is we left disappointed. We had more than of enough of the play, created ‘X’ amount of chances, and they never had a shot on target, so we restricted a good team to nothing.”
It was a solid performance from the R’s who looked to be in for another dismal away trip, after last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Huddersfield Town.
Warburton was also very respectful of Michael O’Neill – the Northern Ireland manager arrived at Stoke back in November but has seen inconsistency keep his side near the foot of the table.
“Very organised manager, very well respected manager, and a very good squad of players,” said Warburton of O’Neill and Stoke. “There’s a lot of Premier League experience within their ranks. We know we face another tough challenge, week-in-week-out we say the same thing.
“It’s a tough squad, they’re scrapping and they’re in a false league position, they’ll come here very keen to close the gap.”
The QPR boss had made five changes to the QPR side that faced Swansea with Angel Rangel and Yoann Barbet making their returns from injury, and the likes of Ryan Manning, Geoff Cameron and Marc Pugh coming into the side.
When asked if those names will keep their starting spot this weekend, Warburton said:
“We have to see who they are. Some like Lee Wallace for example has been outstanding for us and very strong, and it’s about us using the squad. Todd Kane likewise on the right-hand side, he’s had that shirt for the majority of the time, but Angel came back and did a great job.”
It was a frustrating night on the whole for QPR who had plenty of chances to win the game, but the team that’s scored as many as both Leeds and Fulham this year have only scored once in their last four games.
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Jordan Hugill then became a target of online criticism on Tuesday night, but Warburton last month recalled Aramide Oteh from his loan-spell at Bradford City.
“Jordan’s out first-choice striker. He’s with a Premier League club on-loan, he’s very experienced in the division,” explained Warburton.
“Oteh has come back – he’s a big character, strong character, great work ethic. He’s been on-loan at the League Two level and it takes time to adjust to the Championship.”
A win would be much-welcomed by both sets of fans this weekend, and three points for QPR would edge them further away from the threat of relegation.
Stoke though are no pushovers, and QPR will have to take their chances.