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James Crawley


Posted Friday, January 26th 2018

QPR away form means nothing - Holden

Dean Holden expects no easy games in the second half of the Sky Bet Championship campaign and that will be no different when QPR roll into town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The assistant head coach says City will throw everything into each of their remaining 18 matches, with the league now their single focus after a Carabao Cup run that ended in midweek.

While Ian Holloway's QPR travel to Ashton Gate with only two wins on the road all season - against the bottom two Birmingham City and Burton Albion - Holden believes their away form bears little significance.

"Does it matter too much? I don't think it does," he told BCTV.

"They could easily go and win every away game this season. I know what you're saying though, they have had an indifferent season but we have a huge carrot in front of us.

"We focus on QPR, put that one to bed and then we focus on Bolton Wanderers. It's one game at a time for us. We give it a shot in every game and see where that takes us."



City and QPR drew 1-1 at Loftus Road two days before Christmas, in what Holden described as "a tight game".

Holden said: "We didn't play our best, following the big game against Manchester United earlier that week. We tried to change the game, go with energy and re-jig things.

"We had a right go in the second half; we threw the kitchen sink at them and we deserved to score a couple of goals but football being what it is doesn't always work out that way.

"We're fully aware of their strengths. They have a couple of people we know coming back in Matt Smith and Luke Freeman and we look forward to shaking their hands after the game.

"Our focus is about us, our game and playing with the energy and aggression that we have shown in most games.

"Luke Freeman has got a fantastic left foot on him. QPR have got big lads in their team who throw the ball forward quickly and we need to deal with that threat.

"Once its in the final third they have good, technical players who can hurt you so we're fully aware of them.

"We want to get back on the bike, we have been knocked off it so we want to get back on it."

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