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THE INSIDE TRACK: QPR

17 November 2016

Our guide to the Hoops

NORWICH City travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture at Loftus Road.

IN THE DUGOUT
Queens Park Rangers welcomed Ian Holloway back as manager last week, a full decade after he last held the position.

His return marked the beginning of a third spell with the Hoops, having represented the club more than 150 times as a midfielder between 1991 and 1996.

Holloway became player-manager of hometown side Bristol Rovers - who he had played before twice previously - in 1996, before focusing on his coaching duties full-time from 1999.


After five seasons with The Gas he took the reigns at Rangers, helping them to earn promotion back to Division One during his five-year stay.

The 53-year-old subsequently managed Plymouth, Leicester, Blackpool and Crystal Palace, guiding the last two of those sides to the top-flight via the Championship play-offs in 2009-10 and 2012-13 respectively.

Ironically, Holloway's most recent match as a manager came against City in March 2015 when he was in charge of Millwall, with the Canaries emerging as emphatic 4-1 victors in London. 

IN THE PRESS
Ian Holloway is relishing his return to the Queens Park Rangers hotseat, after signing a two-and-a-half year deal last week.

Speaking at his official unveiling on Wednesday, Holloway told the media: "How could I not come back to this place?

"It's a no-brainer. I couldn't turn it down. To have another chance here is something I only dreamed of.


"This club, and coming back here, I can't describe how it feels. It's in you. I'm tingling with the sense of well-being we've all got about QPR.

"I can't wait to get started. I'm going to give it every single bit of me. I love the attitude and ability the players have shown so far, it's been so refreshing.

"This season I want to build some self-belief. We've got some very talented boys. I want to play in a way that is modern and creative; I want the players to be creative."

ONE TO WATCH
Tjaronn Chery has been one of the standout performers for Queens Park Rangers this season, being joint-leader of the club's scoring charts with four Sky Bet Championship goals.

The first three of those came in the opening three games of the campaign, with the summer 2015 addition from FC Groningen enjoying a prolific August.

While the attack-minded midfielder has added just one further strike since, his pace and direct running has continued to cause problems for opposing sides.


Netting 10 times during his debut year at Loftus Road, the 28-year-old will be aiming to surpass that this time around having established himself as a central figure with the Hoops.

Starting every league match of the season so far, he is one of only three Rangers players to have done so - alongside goalkeeper Alex Smithies and defender Nedum Onouha.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Alex Smithies, Matt Ingram, Joe Lumley, 

Defenders: Jake Bidwell, Grant Hall, Nedum Onouha, Joel Lynch, Jack Robinson, Steven Caulker, James Perch, Osman Kakay, 

Midfielders: Ariel Borysiuk, Jordan Cousins, Tjaronn Chery, Ben Gladwin, Pawel Wszolek, Karl Henry, Massimo Luongo, Michael Petrasso, Olamide Shodipo, Raniere Sandro, Axel Prohouly, 

Forwards: Conor Washington, Jamie Mackie, Sebastian Polter, Nasser El Khayati, Yeni Ngbakoto, Idrissa Sylla.



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