As we look ahead to tomorrow’s game at QPR, we caught up with Rangers season ticket holder and fan Stuart
As we look ahead to tomorrow’s game at QPR, we caught up with Rangers season ticket holder and fan Stuart (@stugetty) to ask a few questions ahead of the fixture. We ask Stuart about Harry Redknapp, QPR’s recent dip in form and his prediction for the game.
1. What were your expectations before the season started and what are they now?
If I said my expectation wasn’t to get promoted this season, I would be lying. This season we had to be looking to get promoted, and hopefully we can achieve this… People seem to think that QPR going up was going to be a walk in the park, that was never the situation to me, I knew it would be difficult, and it has proved just that…
2. What did you make of your transfer business in January?
To be fair, I think the business we did in January was wise. There was no point spending big, because imagine if we did, and then we didn’t get promoted. Tony Fernandes has obviously learnt his lesson… Doyle and Maiga need to try and get their careers back on track, this could be just what they need. They’ve both made decent starts. Aaron Hughes is full of experience. Will Keane and Dellatorre seem like pointless signings…
3. Do you think Harry Redknapp has done/is doing a good job by steadying the ship at QPR? Do you think he still has the passion for it at 66?
I think Redknapp has done brilliantly. He’s cleared lots of player that were not up for the promotion fight, e.g Taarabt and Remy… To clear out something like nearly 20 players, and then bring in who he has, I think he has done very well… This was never going to be an easy job for him. I would like to think he still has the passion and desire to get this club back to the premier league, even at 66. He’s a footballing man, it’s all he knows.
4. How much have injuries to Faurlin and Austin affected your dip in form as of late?
When Faurlin got injured, it was absolutely gutting. A player that seemed to just be hitting his best form again, and then he does his ACL yet again… Feel for the guy big time. Charlie Austin getting injured is massive. He’s our goalscorer, 15 goals, and then our second top goal scorer is Matty Phillips with 3. Says it all really. Maiga and Doyle have massive shoes to fill. Injuries to Danny Simpson and Matty Phillips didn’t help either. Them two were big players for us. But Austin getting injured is the main one for us. That could really jeopardise our promotion hopes. We will see.
5. Who are your stand out players in the side at the moment?
Joey Barton has been fantastic all season, he’s a cut above the championship in my honest opinion. Clint Hill and Richard Dunne have been great. But premiership standard, I don’t think so… Austin was obviously was the outstanding player within the team, but throughout the season, we have had some very, very average performances.
6. If you could take any Reading player at the moment, who would it be and why?
Adam Le Fondre. He is a natural goalscorer, and that’s what we need now Charlie Austin is out. Would have been very happy if we were to sign him in the January transfer window.
7. What starting XI and shape do you expect to see on Sunday from Redknapp?
I really hope Redknapp plays an attacking team, two out and out wingers with pace. Hoilett and Traore out wide would be my preference, with Krancjar and Barton in the middle. However I can see Redknapp starting Gary O’Neil purely for his defensive side. However, we need to be getting at Reading, and cause problems. We need to win this game to really keep the pressure up for second spot, and Leicester. I would expect a 4-4-2 formation on Sunday.
8. What is your prediction for the game?
Whenever QPR and Reading seem to play, it’s a draw, especially when it’s on Sky. Yet Sky seem to keep putting it on TV. Stupid decision in my opinion. However this time I can see a 2-1 win for QPR. It’s bound to be a close game, however Reading seem to be very inconsistent, so they could either be really good, or dead average. It’s going to be close, but I’m going for 2-1 QPR. We will see. Good luck!