When Ian Holloway went back into management in West London, he was forced to give up his punditry.
However, he has been happy to give a preview of tonight’s match where his QPR side travel to Tyneside and predicts that the visitors can get a ‘positive result’.
Looking at the occasion overall, Ian Holloway says that playing Newcastle isn’t ‘daunting, it’s exciting’.
The QPR boss predicts Newcastle to ‘have more possession’ but claims ‘we have been handling that very well lately’.
The last two away matches have seen Rangers have only 28% possession at Reading and 38% at Wolves, yet they came away with six points thanks to 1-0 and 2-1 wins respectively.
Ironically, when relegation zone Burton Albion visited Loftus Road on Saturday, QPR had 61% possession and yet lost 2-1 at home.
So maybe Rafa Benitez should just order his players to gift possession tonight…
The last game was typical of what Newcastle have came up against this season, with Rotherham sitting very deep and frustrating Newcastle, until a bit of Jonjo Shelvey magic unlocked the visiting defence on the stroke of half-time.
From that point on Newcastle took Rotherham apart and tonight could see a very similar scenario but one thing Newcastle can’t allow, is to let their focus slip and almost gift a goal, just as Karl Darlow did in that last game at St James Park, before retrieving the situation brilliantly.
“I wouldn’t call playing Newcastle daunting, it’s exciting.
“I don’t imagine too many people feel we are capable of a positive result tonight but I certainly do.
“Look at what we did at Reading, look at how we got on against Fulham. People didn’t fancy us in those games either, did they?
“But that’s QPR, that is how we have always been. We might not have diamonds, but we don’t half sparkle.
“I really do think this club is special and nothing would fill me with greater pride than to respond to a disappointing defeat, with a positive result tonight.
“I would expect Newcastle to have more possession than us but we have been handling that very well lately.”