‘Bring it on’ - QPR boss Holloway confident of beating Leeds United

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS manager Ian Holloway declared Leeds United’s league position “irrelevant” as he sized up today’s meeting with the Elland Road club.

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Leeds head to Loftus Road with a lead of eight points and 10 places over QPR but Holloway played down the gap between them, despite Rangers’ damaging run of five games without a victory.

The winless streak has dragged QPR into the bottom third of the Championship while Leeds continue to chase the division’s top six.

Holloway is without the suspended Jamie Mackie and Alex Baptiste this afternoon, both of whom were sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End last weekend, but Nedum Onuoha could ease a defensive crisis by returning from a three-month injury lay-off.

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Leeds are a good team but I think we can win the game so bring it on. Wherever Leeds are in the table at the moment is irrelevant.

QPR boss Ian Holloway

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Onuoha proved his fitness after a torn hamstring in a training game earlier this week and Holloway told QPR’s website: “It’s given the lads a lift already and it’d be a massive boost if he’s involved this weekend.

“I think the performance levels have been good and we were particularly unlucky at Preston.

“We didn’t deserve that. The boys did well. Leeds are a good team but I think we can win the game so bring it on.

“Wherever Leeds are in the table at the moment is irrelevant. It’s about us putting our game on them and getting the points.”

Aden Flint snatched a stoppage-time winner for Bristol City as they claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory at promotion rivals Sheffield United.

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The Robins, who closed the gap on second-placed Cardiff to three points, took the lead towards the end of a first half dominated by the home side, with Jamie Paterson letting fly with a stunning strike from distance.

Leon Clarke levelled early in the second half with his 14th goal of the season, before the Blades were reduced to 10 men when John Fleck was sent off with just over half an hour remaining.

Defender Flint popped up in the box to grab a late winner for the visitors and condemn United to a fourth game without a win.