The fun never stops when you’re in the Championship.
Although after last Friday night’s result, I’m not sure if fun is the way that QPR boss Mark Warburton would describe things, especially as they get set to take on another high-flying team in Nottingham Forest.
Speaking ahead of the game tonight, Warburton spoke about the hectic schedule and how the team needs to be on the top of their game in every aspect if they are to get as many points out of the games as possible:
“As I keep saying, the games come thick and fast and after this we go onto Derby and then on to Preston. The Championship is unique in that respect and the consistent level of quality that you face in every game is also unique. We are ready and we also know that we are a very good team.”
It’s these games, and especially around this time of year, that can tell you a lot about a head coach and how well he can manage a squad, balancing rest and recuperation against keeping up momentum with the first team, and it’s something that Warburton hasn’t managed to get right so far this season, as they haven’t won any of the midweek games so far this season in the league.
That’s why I feel it’s important if QPR are to get things back on track, there needs to be an element of rotation brought in, starting with tonight, with a little hint towards Matt Smith, but also the likes of Ilias Chair who was on the bench on Friday night.
If you have fresh players, especially against sides that don’t rotate, then fitness will be able to see us through and might just be able to get some more results, not just in midweek, but it can also lead to more points when the players come back on the subsequent weekend.
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Every point in this league matters, and just a couple of tweaks can go a long way in helping QPR climb the table.