English Premiership

QPR seek end to away-day blues

2014-12-01 08:31
Karl Henry (Getty Images)
Karl Henry (Getty Images)

London - Midfielder Karl Henry has warned Queens Park Rangers must improve their disastrous away form if they are to haul themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Harry Redknapp's side have yet to secure a single point on the road so far this season and will attempt to end that run when they travel to Swansea City on Tuesday.

Rangers appear to be finally developing some momentum at Loftus Road after a dismal start to the campaign left the club rooted to the foot of table.

Saturday's 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Leicester City means the west London club have collected 11 points from 13 games with only goal difference separating them from fourth-bottom Hull City.

Henry believes the team are moving in the right direction but must find a way to win away from home if they are to build on their improved standing.

"We are just a win away from being on a point a game which keeps you in the league, and that's the target for us," Henry said.

"We are kind of back on track, and if we can get some wins in our next few games, we can suck other teams back into it.

"In the past we have been accused of not giving it everything, so it's important that we show everyone what we're about.

"We need to show that we're going to dig deep. That's what it's all about. The easy part of football is working hard, and that's something we have got here in abundance," he added.

Henry, though, believes Redknapp's side have laid the foundations for a successful survival battle.

"Our home form has been good," he explained. "We have a game-plan at Loftus Road and it's working well.

"It's not pretty but we're getting points, but we need to start picking up points on the road; it's not enough to rely on your home form.

"We want to go to Swansea, make it ugly, make it difficult for them to play, and hopefully come away with something."

QPR will draw confidence from Swansea's worrying habit of allowing a lead to slip.

Once again, the south Wales club failed to hold on after going ahead in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and Garry Monk's side, who lie eighth in the table, have now dropped 13 points from winning positions this season.

"We were on top of them for most of the 90 minutes," said Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as he reflected on the Palace match.

"Unfortunately, we ended up with a draw and we're disappointed with the final result.

"In some of the games this season we seem to play well up until the first goal and then we seem to lose our focus a little. But once you score you need to push even harder.

"We gave a sloppy goal away and it's always difficult when you concede because you have to focus and re-organise.

"But we'll draw some conclusions from this game and look ahead to Tuesday now."

 

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