Brentford vs Queens Park Rangers
Saturday 22 April
Sky Bet Championship
With three games of the season to go, Ian Holloway brings his Queens Park Rangers side the four miles to Griffin Park needing another win to ensure The Rs are a Championship club next season. The Bristolian returned to Rangers for his third spell at the club in November after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's departure. Rangers sat 17th when Holloway took over but six defeats from his first seven matches had the fans in W12 nervously looking over their shoulders. However, January, and the arrivals of Sean Goss [Manchester United], Matt Smith [Fulham], Luke Freeman [Bristol City], Pawal Wszolek [Sampdoria], Kazenga Lua Lua [Brighton and Hove Albion], and Ravel Morrison [Lazio], saw an upturn in form. Three straight wins over the New Year and five wins in seven during February and March lifted them to 15th before the last international break. Since then Rangers have lost five on the spin, to sit six points clear of the drop zone, meaning that they are still not guaranteed second-tier football come August.
The visitors will be sweating on the fitness of Nedum Onuoha, Grant Hall, and Kazenga Lua Lua after the trio missed last Monday's defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Ian Holloway is back at Loftus Road for his second spell as a manager and third spell overall. The Bristolian is one of the best known managers in the English game, as much for his post-match interviews as his success on the pitch. He played almost 600 Football League games in a career that included a spell at Brentford and moved in to management as player boss at Bristol Rovers.
He then spent six years at Queens Park Rangers, taking them up from the third tier after failing to avoid relegation in the year he took over, and also managed Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City. After being relegated with Leicester he had a year out before taking over at Blackpool and leading them to the Premier League in his first season. Blackpool were relegated at the first time of asking and Holloway couldn’t get them back up but did win promotion again with Crystal Palace in 2013. An unsuccessful 18 months at Millwall followed as The Lions were relegated from The Championship before he returned to QPR last November.
Dean Smith: “We have the potential to do the double over QPR which would be very good for our supporters”
Romaine Sawyers: "“We want to please the fans and we know this one will please them that little bit more”
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The Match Officials
Referee: James Adcock
Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews and Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
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