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WREXHAM'S best chance of taking something from QPR in Saturday's match (kick-off 3pm) is to get the Loftus Road faithful on the home side s back.

WREXHAM'S best chance of taking something from QPR in Saturday's match (kick-off 3pm) is to get the Loftus Road faithful on the home side s back.

Rangers fans are notoriously harsh on their side if they're not beating teams like Wrexham and if the Dragons frustrate them for 20 minutes the crowd will turn.

This may be one reason why QPR have lost to Wrexham, Northampton Town and Cambridge United this season and have not won in their last five games, drawing 2-2 with 10-man Northampton last Saturday.

The anger comes from the fact that QPR fans don't believe that the club should be in the Second Division after being the top club in London just six years ago. Even now they have a calibre of player that would be the envy of most First Division bosses.

One to watch is creative midfielder Richard Langley, described as the best player outside the Premiership by one hack who covers the Shepherd's Bush side.

But QPR were placed under a transfer embargo after Brentford chairman Ron Noades complained to the Football League when they bought Charlton defender Danny Shittu for £200,000 while deep in administration.

The club hope to get the embargo lifted as Shittu, together with striker Doudou, were both purchased for the club by Alex and Matthew Winton fans possessing not only a sense of humour but lots of cash from their fashion business.

Although his team are outside the play-off zone, manager Ian Holloway remains popular at Loftus Road and he will employ a 4-4-2 formation if defender Aziz Ben Askar, on a season s loan from Laval, fails to recover from injury.

Goalkeeper Fraser Digby, signed from Swindon where he spent 18 months out injured, will be behind a back four, which will become a back three if Askar does recover.

Tyrell Forbes, a free transfer from West Ham and already hotly tipped as Rangers player of the season, will start on the right with Marcus Bignot, a former Crewe utility man, and Irish youngster Danny Murphy fighting it out for the left-sided berth.

In the centre will be Shittu and experienced Steve Palmer, formerly of Watford and Ipswich.

Langley continues his recovery in midfield from a year out, but may be restricted to a right-wing berth with Gavin Peacock a certainty in the centre.

The veteran will be helped out in the engine room by Matthew Rose, a £500,000 signing from Arsenal. Pacey Leroy Griffiths will fight former Wrexham favourite Karl Connolly, who scored a brace on Saturday for the left wing, but both can operate upfront.

One man who will definitely start in attack is prodigal son Kevin Gallen. He has returend to Loftus Road after spells with Barnsley and Huddersfield.

Andy Thomson is the Second Division's second highest scorer on 18 goals, but doesn't offer a lot outside the box and could be sacrificed if Askar is fit.


David Holmes
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