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QPR PREVIEW

16 August 2013

Mick ready to go to battle with arguably 'best squad in division' this weekend

Mick McCarthy feels Town will come up against arguably the best Championship squad this weekend, as the Blues prepare to take on QPR at Loftus Road.

The Town boss, however, insisted that his players will not be intimidated by Harry Redknapp’s multi-million pound squad though and will be heading to the Capital with the mindset of taking all three points.   

“They are certainly one of the teams to beat this season, that’s for sure,” Mick told the Club website.

“I think they’ve got arguably the best squad in the division and if I thought they had a good squad before, I then looked again and they were in talks with Scott Parker!

“So they certainly aren’t going to get any worse! But it’s a challenge we will relish and we are looking forward to testing ourselves.

“I thought we played very well against another relegated side in Reading on the opening day, despite the result, and we will need to repeat that again tomorrow.

“We are certainly not intimidated by QPR though and we will be going into the game with the mindset of trying to take all three points.”

Team news

QPR will be without the services of striker Andy Johnson, who is ruled out of the clash with a groin strain. Doubts remain over the match fitness of summer signing Richard Dunne, whilst Alejandro Faurlin and Armand Traore are both ruled out through injury.

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Anthony Wordsworth is back fit and will be part of the squad to travel to London. Cole Skuse and Dean Gerken are both doubts and will be assessed, although the duo are expected to be fine.

Foot in both camps

DJ Campbell. The striker and boyhood QPR fan left Loftus Road this summer to team up with Blackburn, after a largely frustrating stay in West London. The former Birmingham man endeared himself to the Town faithful after a successful loan spell at Portman Road last campaign, where he finished as the Blues’ top scorer and contributed some vital strikes, including this excellent team goal against Millwall last season.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistants:
Darren Blunden and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official:
Michael Bull

Tickets

Town have sold out their allocation for this game and none will be sold on the day, as it is an ‘all-ticket’ fixture.

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