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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ainsworth Looks Back at QPR's Recent Games and Looks Forward to Wolves

Gareth Ainsworth - Kilburn Times

DESPITE what people might think, our squad isn't all that big at the moment, so it was a relief to have a full week's break between games at last.

The players have had extra recovery time this week and we had a day at the spa on Tuesday, which was relaxing, but more importantly there's time to work on a few things in training between now and the Wolves game.

One or two players have been carrying knocks since Saturday, but the substitutes on the bench were there for changes of formation rather than personnel, and that's why the gaffer delayed using them against Scunthorpe.

The fans might have been expecting substitutions a bit earlier, but 1-1 is always a dodgy situation to try and change it around - and, to be honest, everyone was totally confident we were going to win the game.

Scunthorpe had little spells of pressure in the second half - which is always going to happen, no matter who you're playing against - but we rode those out, then hit them with a fantastic move from Pat Agyemang.

I don't think you'd have seen a better move anywhere during the weekend and then a superb finish by Viney made the points secure.

I spoke to Nigel Adkins, the Scunthorpe manager, after the game, and we both agreed that the decisions the referee made throughout were poor.

Our penalty was definitely fortunate, but I felt the free-kick that they scored from was as well. All you can say is that when you get those little breaks you've got to make the most of them - and fair play to Rowly for the way he took the penalty. His attitude has been awesome all season.

That's three wins and nine goals in our last three home games, which looks good on the stats. The lads have shown we have a formidable team that can turn anyone over at Loftus Road and it's a good foundation to be putting down for next season.

Away from home we need some tweaking and our next game gives us an opportunity to improve our record with a win at Wolves.

Mick McCarthy's boys are so inconsistent - they can't seem to get a run together, but they're hovering around the play-offs, so they must have something about them.

I think they blow hot and cold and, if we catch them on a cold day, there's no reason why we can't go up there and take the three points. Kilburn Times

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