Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE BIG MATCH; Queens Park Rangers V Boro at Loftus Road Tomorrow at 3pm

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE BIG MATCH; Queens Park Rangers V Boro at Loftus Road Tomorrow at 3pm

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KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM BORO are without a win in five games, the last four of which have been with new boss Gordon Strachan at the helm.

However they have been playing much better football than the results they have gained indicate.

Boro had more than enough chances to win Strachan's first two games against Plymouth and Crystal Palace.

There was a blip in the drawn game against Nottingham Forest, but then Boro led twice at Peterborough last week and should have won comfortably - before again having to settle for a share of the spoils.

The belief in the dressing room is that as soon as the players turn the corner and get that first win, then they will take off.

THE THINGS WE SAY THE THINGS WE SAY BORO defender Chris Riggott, now back in the squad after injury, said: "It will be a tough fixture at QPR.

"They are going reasonably well and they are up there near the top of the table.

"But I still think it's about what we do. "If we play as we can, we are capable of winning most of the games we play.

"Obviously the boys have been disappointed that we haven't had better results lately because we believe we should be winning more of them.

"What we have to do is concentrate better so that we can get that first win. We've got to take each match as it comes."

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT PLAYER SPOTLIGHT DAVE Kitson's double blast at Peterborough suggests that he can provide the spark for Boro to get their campaign back on track this month. The 29-year-old Stoke striker can provide the experience and the quality that the squad has been lacking up front this season.

In Kitson and Leroy Lita Boro have two quite different, but individually effective forwards who can cause problems for any side in this division. Only last week Gordon Strachan reiterated that the teams with the best strikers would be the ones which made the biggest impact in the promotion battle.

What a pity it is, therefore, that Kitson is due to return to the Potters on December 28.

KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM RANGERS were flying at the end of September and into October when they won five games and drew another in a run of seven matches.

The draw came at leaders Newcastle when a lot of spectators were impressed with their overall play. The game ended 1-1 but Rangers could easily have won it.

However QPR have struggled for consistency and been victorious in just one of their last five games - 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday four weeks ago.

After the international break Rangers suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Doncaster and were then held 2-2 by Coventry last weekend.

THE THINGS THE THINGS JAY Simpson believes he can score the goals to help Arsenal fill the void left by the injuries to Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner. The 20-year-old is on a season-long loan to QPR but insists he would happy to return to the Gunners in their hour of need. …

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