QPR must “lick wounds and get back on the horse,” according to Ainsworth.

In order for his team to succeed against Leeds United on Wednesday night, QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth has asked that his players put their recent setbacks behind them.

The R’s have had a terrible start to the Championship season, winning only two of their first nine games, and currently lie in the bottom three.

Last weekend’s discouraging home loss to Coventry City, which, in Ainsworth’s opinion, was tainted by atrocious refereeing decisions, added to Rangers’ troubles.

Given the difficulties his team has faced lately, Ainsworth is hoping a successful outcome at Elland Road would serve as a much-needed lift to their spirits.

Ainsworth said on the club’s official website that “the last few days have been tough.” I’m sorry about the boys.

“Saturday’s first goal was offside; we ought to have been awarded a clear penalty at 2-0, which shouldn’t have been 2-0 because their first goal wasn’t allowed to stand.


But I can criticize the referee all I want; for now, the focus is on helping the lads. In my team, I have several good players and good characters.

“We must lick our wounds from Saturday, pick up the pieces, and then get back on the saddle and move on as quickly as we can.

We anticipated that this season would be challenging, but there is still a long way to go, and we have the resources to move up the table. On Wednesday night at Leeds, I want to start doing it.

Defender Morgan Fox’s participation for the R’s in West Yorkshire is in doubt after limping off against Coventry.

However, center Jimmy Dunne is prepared to play again after a brief absence, while Jack Colback is once again a contender after serving a three-game suspension, giving Ainsworth a double boost going into the game.

It’s a huge plus that Jimmy [Dunne] is on the team and will travel,” Ainsworth continued. “He is a significant figure to have around since he is a voice, a leader, and a happy guy; his presence will benefit the group.

“Jack [Colback] has already shown that he can make a significant contribution. He has a wealth of expertise, so having him back on the team is undoubtedly beneficial.

Leeds has also had a rough start to the season; despite keeping most of the elite talent they had in the Premier League, they are currently 12th.

In general, they [QPR] have a better squad than where they are, he remarked.

They got off to a rough start and aren’t in the ideal spot, but when you look at the roster as a whole, it’s a tremendously strong squad.

“Gareth Ainsworth was a seasoned player who is now a coach. He excelled at his previous clubs.

“When you look more closely at them, they’ve only let up one goal in their last three away games. They have so shown reliable away from home.

“I anticipate and believe in a team that is hard to disassemble because they sit deep, compact, and with discipline.”


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