Martin Smith

Smith Says...

by Martin Smith

Former striker previews QPR game in latest column.

I don’t think I’m alone in expecting a very tough game at QPR tomorrow.

They might be sitting at the bottom of the league but that counts for nothing and they had a great result at Southampton last week.

The way we start the game will be key

- Smith on QPR

Loftus Road is a tough place to go. I remember it from my playing days – a tight ground where the fans are right on top of you. They can generate a good atmosphere if they get up a head of steam.

The first 20 to 25 minutes are going to be massive.

You’d think QPR will come out all guns blazing, so it’s up to us to blunt them and keep the crowd quiet.

That’ll be easier said than done after their win last week.

Loic Remy has made a difference with his pace and the way we start the game will be key.

But we’ve got a good record down there and I remember playing there. It’s been a good place to go for us – a proper old-style ground with a good atmosphere.

The manager has underlined the importance of getting points on the board and the sooner we do that the better.

Hopefully the fans will be coming home with a good result tomorrow.