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The Preview: Blues v QPR

Posted: Fri 07 Mar 2014
Author: bcfc.com
Image by: Pete Stanley

bcfc.com previews Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game against the R's at St. Andrew's (3pm kick-off)

Lee Clark on his side's 1-0 defeat away at Ipswich Town last time out…
“There was a fine margin in last weekend’s game. We made an error for their goal and we missed a similar chance to the one they scored. If we hadn’t made the error it remains at 0-0 and if we’d scored the chance it’s 1-1. Darren (Randolph) only had two long-range shots to deal with and not much else. The difference between the teams was minimal.”

Clark on having to work with a reduced squad this week because of international duties… 
“We've had eight players away. A lot of them have had to travel back from all over the world and the first chance I’ll get to see them face to face will be on Friday when we have the one and only session we can have with the full group before QPR. It’s not ideal but every other club has deal with it so we just get on with it.”

Clark on his side being the underdogs against promotion-chasing QPR…
“We’ve seen many teams that have been huge underdogs win football matches. We’ve got to treat it like a home cup tie. We’ve been very good in the cups, even in the cup ties we lost against Swansea and Stoke we put in excellent performances. If we play like that we give ourselves a chance to win. I certainly go into every game expecting to win and wanting to win and we’ll do that on Saturday. Probably nobody outside our dressing room gives us a chance. That’s good because hopefully at five o’clock on Saturday, we’ve upset a few.”

Clark on his side’s home form…
“We can’t affect the past but the players and I can do something about the future and the remaining games we’ve got. We can certainly be positive and do well at home from now until the end of the season. There will be no fear at home on Saturday. In the remaining games at home they’ll play with freedom and we’ll relax.”

Clark on the talent that QPR have in their squad…
“QPR are one of the top teams in the division with lots of talented players and a manager who should be working at the top level. We played extremely well at Loftus Road earlier in the season and we go into the game with confidence.”

Clark’s thoughts on QPR boss Harry Redknapp…
“Whenever I’ve spoken to Harry he’s been very forthcoming in helping me and really supportive. He’s someone I look up to in terms of what he’s achieved as an English manager. Me and Jamie (Redknapp) played together as England schoolboys and became good friends and I’ve known Harry since then. He’s a proven top quality manager, but I’m hoping to derail his promotion charge for a couple of days.”

Blues team news...
Mitch Hancox is out for a minimum of six weeks with an ankle injury. Lee Novak (hamstring) and Albert Rusnak (groin) will both have late fitness tests. Brian Howard picked up an ankle injury on Tuesday against Hednesford so won’t be available. Matt Green (knee), Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Neal Eardley (knee) are still on the sidelines. Full-back David Murphy announced his retirement from football earlier this week because of knee problems.

Betting...
If you want to place a bet on the game, use Sky Bet and they will give a share of the revenue back to Blues. Plus sign-up now and get a free matched bet up to £30. Just click here. Looking to Saturday's game at St. Andrew's, a Blues win is priced at 2/1, the draw at 11/5 and a QPR victory at 11/8. 

Tickets...
Tickets are on general sale. Click here for more details.

Cash turnstiles...
Home cash turnstiles will be available from 1.30pm at entrances 1, 3 /4, 5 & 6.There will also be cash turnstiles in operation for QPR supporters from 1.30pm at the visitors' entrance off the Coventry Road.

Stat pack...
- The first league meeting between the sides only took place in 1950. It was a Division Two encounter at St. Andrew's on 23 September which ended in a 1-1 draw. 
- The corresponding fixture earlier this season at Loftus Road ended in a 1-0 win to QPR thanks to a 49th minute Charlie Austin goal.
- There have been 50 league and cup meetings between the sides. Blues have the edge with 21 wins, there have been 13 draws and QPR have tasted victory on 16 occasions.
- Blues' biggest home win against the R's was a 4-0 success in April 1974 in a Division One (old) fixture.
- QPR are without a win in their last five games following last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Leeds United.
- QPR have won just once at St. Andrew's in the league. That was a 2-0 success way back in 1984 in a Division One (old) fixture.