Huddersfield Town travel to London for their first away fixture of the Championship season against Mark Warburton’s QPR. It’s been a summer of change and upheaval at Loftus Road, so let us guide you through everything you need to know about Town’s opponents.
It didn’t take QPR long to realise that Steve Mclaren wasn’t the answer to their managerial problems. The London club replaced the former England manager with Mark Warburton in the summer, a man eager to rekindle what was once a burgeoning career.
Warburton started his management career in 2013 when he replaced Uwe Rosler at Brentford. Within months of his appointment the Bees had secured automatic promotion from League One, with Warburton carrying on the canny work of his predecessor.
In the 2014-2015 Championship season Warburton guided Brentford the play-offs, where they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Middlesbrough who featured an ageing Dean Whitehead at right-back.
Warburton was relieved of his duties at Griffin Park following a dispute over transfers with the club chairman. Shortly after his departure from Brentford, Warburton was appointed as the manager of Scottish giants Rangers.
With Rangers sitting 19 points behind their Glasgow neighbours, Warburton was sacked before bizarrely claiming that he had not been given his marching orders. Once his Ibrox dismissal was confirmed he moved back south, this time to manage Nottingham Forest.
His spell at the City Ground was less than memorable, culminating in his sacking after a 1-0 home loss to doomed Sunderland on New Year’s Eve 2017. At time of writing Warburton has a 100% record as QPR manager after his side beat Stoke 2-1 on the opening day of the season.
That victory ensured that Warburton was the first QPR manager to win his opening game since Neil Warnock in 2010.
Major upheaval has been the theme of QPR’s summer so far with a massive amount of players leaving the club and 15 new recruits joining. Rangers attacking options have been completely decimated with last season’s top scorer Luke Freeman joining Premier League club Sheffield United.
Further to that Tomer Hmed, Matt Smith and Pawel Wszolek have all departed Loftus Road. West Ham striker Jordan Hugill has joined the club on a season-long loan and will likely shoulder the burden of goal scoring for the club along with Nahki Wells who returned on a deadline day loan deal.
After a successful loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers during the 2017-2018 season 21-year-old Eberechi Eze has cemented his a place as a regular starter in the QPR side. Eze made 42 appearances last season contributing 4 goals to his team.
In the opening game of this season Eze demonstrated pace, control and technique to score his side’s second goal of the game. The tricky winger has the ability to beat his man and deliver dangerous balls into the box.
On his day he is easily one of the best attacking midfielders in the division and Town will need to be wary of his threat on the break.
The 27-year-old forward is on loan at QPR from London rivals West Ham United where he has made just 3 appearances. Hugill’s best spell of football came during his time at Preston where he scored 23 goals in just over 100 league games.
That form earned him a £10 million move to Premier League club West Ham where as previously mentioned, he has failed to make an impression. Hugill spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, scoring 7 goals in 41 starts under Tony Pulis.
He is a bustling target man with great strength and the ability to absolutely dominate central defenders. Hugill will be the focal point of QPR’s attack and will be desperate to revive his career at Loftus Road.
Jan Siewert Says
“We go there to try everything to win, because of course we were not happy to start with zero points. We saw their game and analysed it, we then analysed our own game; now we have to find solutions to compete and go and win.
“It is important for me that we get something out of the game there.
“We will try everything for it.”
Mark Warburton Says
“It’ll be a very tough game for us but we’re at home and we can show everyone what we can do.
“You have to be prepared in every game, understand your roles and jobs and after the win last week we fully believe in ourselves. We win the game if we do what we do well, take care of the ball, move it forward and take the chances that we create.
“We want to be solid to breakdown and regain the ball with intensity. It doesn’t matter how much possession you have, it’s what you do with the ball that counts.”
TerrierBlog Predicts: 3-1 Town
After the departure of Aaron Mooy there is a clear air of negativity amongst the Huddersfield Town fan base. Personally I can't lie and say that I feel positive about our prospects this season, but I'm trying to remain upbeat with my prediction.
Player for player we have more than enough about our squad to cause QPR problems and ultimately beat them. Whilst they may have beaten Stoke on the opening day, they did so with a huge slice of luck.
If we play our game with confidence then we should take all three points home with us, here's hoping anyway.
Yesterday we looked back at Huddersfield Town's last five visits to Loftus Road, you can read that article by clicking HERE. Included are memorable strikes from Nahki Wells and obviously...Clarke Carlisle!