English Premiership

QPR face acid EPL test

2015-03-03 11:18
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London - Fourth from bottom QPR face Arsenal in an acid test of their English Premiership credentials on Wednesday night.

The London club is separated from the relegation places only by goal difference and must improve on a disastrous run of form that has brought just one win in their last nine league games.

Their last outing ended in defeat at fellow strugglers Hull with Joey Barton sent off, ensuring the midfielder will be suspended against Arsenal.

Barton's actions drew criticism from team-mate Charlie Austin and Ramsey will hope his decision to take advantage of a free weekend and take his squad away on a five-day training camp in Dubai has rejuvenated and united his under-performing squad.

Director of football Les Ferdinand said: "It's been a vitally important trip for us, especially with what lies ahead between now and the end of the season.

"Chris has only been in charge a short time, so this week away has given him and the other coaches an ideal opportunity to work with the team.

"He has come in and is putting his stamp on things. He's implementing his ideas and the lads are buying into it. There's been a great response from the players."

Of the pitch, QPR could at least point to some good news after this week announcing the losses incurred during last season in the Championship were unexpectedly low at 9.8 million.

But there is a real risk Ramsey side could be making an immediate return to the second tier unless the new manager, installed following the departure of Harry Redknapp after the January transfer window, can turn things around.

"We've got a dozen games left and we know what we've got to do," Ferdinand added.

Queens Park Rangers host Arsenal at Loftus Road Stadium on Wednesday.

The match kicks off at 21:45. 

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