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Preview: Blues v QPR preview

Gianfranco Zola on the need to bounce back after the Preston defeat…
I was disappointed after the Preston game and I let the players know that both visually and verbally. Now I’m expecting a reaction tomorrow. The players remain up for it and I want to see people taking responsibility. It is normal if we make a mistake - everyone does even the best ones. But they need to reflect on their mistakes and try to improve their focus and concentration because that is what is killing us. It is not because the opposition is outplaying us.

Gianfranco Zola on what he expects from QPR…
They are a team that are not in a great position, but I’m expecting a lot of fight from them. They have a lot of experience on the pitch and they will be up for it. If we want something, then we need to go out there tomorrow and take it. We just need to make sure we do the right things and we can control them.

Gianfranco Zola asked if a win against QPR could be a turning point for Blues…
I think we have the potential to win tomorrow and to win other games. Nobody can help us but us. We need to be mature, focused, determined and confident. It’s a lot, but we have this and I’m looking forward to seeing it tomorrow. You have to be on top of your game all the time - fight, run, and produce.

Gianfranco Zola asked if results were more important than sticking with his footballing philosophy…
At the end of the day it is a results industry. But I still believe in what I do and it is the right way. It is taking a little bit longer than expected but it is a journey that is not finished and we will get there.

Gianfranco Zola on the importance of the Blues fans continuing support...
I want to say ‘thank you very much’ to the fans. Even the last game at Preston there were a lot of supporters and they stayed behind and supported the team. It’s not easy for them to be supportive because of the results, but they have been so far and I appreciate it. I hope tomorrow it will be the same and my promise is that I will continue working very hard for them.

Gianfranco Zola asked if Che Adams getting on the scoresheet against Preston can give him a boost…
I think it is very important for him. Also with the way he scored, he didn’t think too much. He took the ball and took the opportunity straightaway and then shot. That’s how you should do it. I’m pleased for him. His morale is high and he’s perfect to come into tomorrow’s game.

Rangers' First Team Coach March Bircham's comments ahead of the game...
Just because things haven’t gone our way, it shouldn’t change how we feel about our performances. We need to go into this game on Saturday with confidence and belief. It’s a bit like when we lost six games in a row, and then won three on the trot. We knew then, and we know now, that if we keep putting in the performances, the results will come and our fortunes will change. You don’t want to say ‘luck’ because you create your own luck. It’s all about us and how we play – and we feel that if we keep playing how we have been, we will turn those performances into results.”

Blues team news...
Craig Gardner will miss the game after collecting a red card against Preston. Fellow midfielder David Davis serves his second of a two-game ban for reaching 10 cautions. Michael Morrison is still recovering after undergoing a hernia operation. Ryan Shotton (groin) will have a late fitness test. Jacques Maghoma (knee) and Clayton Donaldson (heel) are unavailable.

QPR team news...
Joel Lynch and former Blues loanee Ravel Morrison could return to the action after missing Rangers' last game against Huddersfield Town. Jack Robinson (hamstring) and Steven Caulker (hip) are still sidelined.

Supporter behaviour...
The Club urges all supporters to refrain from anti-social behaviour and conduct themselves in the correct manner at all our games, inside and outside the ground. The overwhelming majority of our support is well behaved, law-abiding and the passionate backing the team receives is greatly appreciated. However, as a Club we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins     and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. In particular, the throwing of coins and other missiles is extremely dangerous and is not tolerated whatsoever. This is a very serious offence and any supporter identified to have committed this and other such acts will be banned by the Club and also subject to the possibility of criminal prosecution. Birmingham City Football Club will continue to work closely with the police, football authorities and ground authorities to stamp out all types spectator misconduct. We would also like to remind supporters that if there are incidents of this nature in the future the Football Association have the power to impose a serious financial penalty on the Club and order matches to be played behind closed doors. The Club urges all supporters to assist us and help eradicate unlawful practices. Thank you.

Ticket details...
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Match officials...
Referee Andy Davies will take charge of Saturday's game at St. Andrew's (3pm kick-off). So far this season the Hampshire-based official has refereed 27 games, where he has produced a total of 99 yellow cards and four reds. The last Blues fixture he took charge of was our Championship away game against Newcastle United in December. Blues lost that match 4-0 and three players were booked; including Robert Tesche for the visitors. Mr Davies will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Daniel Leach.

Form guide last five Championship matches...
Blues: LLWLL
QPR: DLDLL

Last five meetings between Blues and QPR...
Championship 24 Sep 2016    QPR 1 Blues 1   
Championship 27 Feb 2016    QPR 2 Blues 0   
Championship 17 Oct 2015    Blues 2 QPR 1   
Championship 08 Mar 2014    Blues 0 QPR 2   
Championship 14 Sep 2013    QPR 1 Blues 0   

Other Sky Bet Championship fixtures this weekend…
Saturday 18 February

Barnsley v Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00   
Burton Albion v Norwich City 15:00   
Cardiff City v Rotherham United    15:00   
Ipswich Town v Leeds United 15:00   
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday 15:00   
Wigan Athletic v Preston North End 15:00   

Monday 20 February
Newcastle United v Aston Villa 20:00

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