Jumat, 28 September 2012

Bowen chasing victories

Bowen: Knows QPR need to start winning games

Mark Hughes signed 10 players, including the likes of Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar and Junior Hoilett this summer, but his team are second from bottom of the Premier League after taking just two points from their opening five games.

The team's poor form has left the players and staff at Loftus Road highly frustrated, according to Bowen.

Rangers have had a difficult fixture list to contend with, and they were unlucky not to win at Spurs last weekend, but the club's 3-2 home defeat to Reading in the Capital One Cup demonstrated that the Londoners still have much work to do and Bowen thinks it is about time the players started delivering the results that their performances have merited.

"The overall impression among the fans, the players and staff is that we are all frustrated," Bowen said on QPR's London call-in.

"We have been saying: 'our season kicks off here' for the last couple of games. We have to start winning.

"We keep saying th at we have been playing well for long periods against tough sides, but everyone knows we have to put a win on the board.

"It's ridiculous to look at a club with the quality we have got and see where we are in the table. It has been difficult, but we have to get some points on the board to give everyone a chance to take a breather and put smiles on faces."

Any win will only come if the QPR defence sharpen up their act, Bowen claims.

Rangers have been hampered by injuries to Fabio, Armand Traore and Anton Ferdinand recently, but their replacements did not fare well against the Royals on Wednesday night.

Kaspar Gorkss beat his marker to head home Nicky Shorey's free-kick in the latest example of poor marking from the Hoops' defence and that is something which has clearly irked former Norwich and Wales defender Bowen.

"We have to cut out silly defensive mistakes," he added.

"When we came in to the club last January I thought we were good at defending set plays. This year we have been a bit off.

"We aren't getting to the second ball and it has cost us dearly. We have to work on situations to make sure that the lads keep their concentration until the ball is cleared."

Bowen, who used to ply his trade at left-back, is also unhappy at the club's full-backs for their lack of discipline.

"At times we have let ourselves go defensively. Our full-backs have bombed on too much at the same time," he said.

"One of them should be holding while the other one goes forward. We will work on those things.

"At times we have got excited and we have ended up chasing games. We have to remind the players that they have defensive duties at times."

QPR's sixth attempt at recording their first Barclays Premier League win of the season will come on Monday night when they host West Ham.

Bowen raised hopes that two of the club's key players - Adel Taarabt and Alejandro Faurlin - will be fit for the game.

Taarabt has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem and Faurlin came off during the Reading game with a leg injury.

"Ale Faurlin took a nasty bump on his leg but we are hopeful that it will settle down and that he will be able to play," Bowen said.

"We are very hopeful about Adel. He has done a lot of intensive work with the physios so I would imagine he will be working with the main group of players over the weekend.

"I am sure he is putting his name forward for Monday."

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