Reacting to defeat is something QPR haven’t mastered this season. How they respond to the loss against Newcastle will tell Harry Redknapp an awful lot about thr mental capacity of his players. The past week has posed the first problems of Redknapps era at Loftus Road, with the 65-year-old criticising the clubs high earners and fining Jose Boswinga for refusing to appear on the substitute bench. Its the kind of problem he could do without as the R’s enter a crucial stage of th season.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke has no such worries about the harmony of his squad and will undoubtedy instruct his players to adopt a no mercy approach in west London. The Baggies harbour real hope of qualifying for Europe and have rediscovered their early season form after a minor winter blip. Improving their away record would further strengthen their top-six credentials and they have a prime opportunity to do so against QPR.
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar could return for QPR but Armand Traore and Nedum Onuoha are rated as doubtful.
Youssuf Mulumbu is back for West Brom after serving a suspension. Claudio Yacob (hamsting) and Steven Reid (ankle) look certain to miss out.
What the managers said…
“I wasn’t being critical of all the players. Most of the lads here have been top class and I still feel we can get out of trouble. It’ll be hard but I still believe we can do it. I wasn’t talking about all the players, I was talking about certain players I felt were earning and hadn’t given value.” It’s just I feel one or two have let us down in the last couple of weeks. I’ve seen one or two incidents that have disturbed me. That’s why I brought that up. It disturbs me when a player doesn’t want to sit on the bench when you’re bang in trouble.” Harry Redknapp plays down the comments he made about QPR’s overpaid players (BBC Sport)
“I said to the players after the game that they can be really pleased with their efforts. To be sitting on 30 points before the halfway stage is a good achievement for them. We can use that as a springboard and an inspiration to do even better during the second half of the season. It has given us a great platform to build on for 2013 and we will give everything in the remaining games to complete the job we have started.” Steve Clarke wants his West Brom players to push on in the second half of the season (Guardian)
QPR must keep a close eye West Brom skipper Chris Brunt who has scored on his last four visits to Loftus Road (three with the Baggies, once with Sheffield Wednesday).
Prediction: QPR 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
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