Home form drives Hughes - Ryan
Ryan Nelsen isn’t surprised to see QPR’s home form take a turn for the better in the last month or so.
Rangers have beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea at Loftus Road since March 21, results that have lifted them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Ryan spent three-and-a-half seasons with Rangers’ boss Mark Hughes during his seven years at Blackburn Rovers.
The central defender joined Rovers half-way through Hughes’ first season at Ewood Park in 2004-05 and helped stave of relegation with a 15-place finish.
From there, they finished sixth, 10th and then seventh before Hughes left for Manchester City.
Now they meet again as we make the trip across to West London for a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday.
“I know the manager and the coaching staff pretty well and he will have them very motivated,” said Ryan, who joined us at the end of the winter transfer window.
“He wants good home form. He made sure when he was at Ewood Park that he made that a fortress and he’ll be doing the same at Loftus Road. It will another battle for us.”
Ryan was on the bench for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss at Wembley.
“A week can be a long time in football and you have to re-focus and go again,” he added.
“We’ve a massive game at QPR and of we get a positive result, all of a sudden things change again.
“One thing I know will happen is the unpredictable. There will be twists and turns.
“We’ve got to take care of what we can do, what we can control and that’s winning football matches and that starts on Saturday.”