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QPR v Burnley preview
QPR have been concentrating on finding the net in training this week in a bid to shake off their recent goal shortage.
Rangers made the most of having no midweek game and Neil Warnock (pictured) took advantage of the extra time at Harlington to put his strikers through their paces.
“Tuesday was the first forward session we've done for weeks,” the Rangers boss said.
“We've worked on the back four every week but you never have enough time for everything.
“Concentrating on the defensive side has paid off, but we're struggling for goals at the minute and we felt we had to do quite a lot more this week on our forward play – getting the strikers banging in goals has been good for them.”
Warnock added: “I'm not worried about the goals.
“It was only Heidar Helguson not being able to get out of the road that cost us in Bristol [when Jamie Mackie's goalbound header struck him]. You just need a little bit of luck, I think.
“Jamie's had a few chances where he's not been quite right or he's put it wide and keepers have made good saves. That's life really, you've just got to get on with it. I'm happy with what I've got and he have players who are a handful for defenders.”
Burnley had to play 120 minutes in the Carling Cup at Aston Villa in midweek while Rangers were resting, but Warnock does not think that will make a huge difference.
“There weren't many playing in that game who will play against us, maybe only two or three, so I don't think we will have any advantage really.
“I'm not surprised they rested players because everyone in the championship's doing it. It's the importance of getting promotion that means the Carling Cup takes second place really.”
Rangers should start with the same XI who took the field at Bristol City.
Akos Buzsaky had his first session on Thursday following a knee injury and should be back in contention for place in a fortnight.
Fitz Hall played for the reserves on Tuesday and is available again. Leon Clarke missed training on Thursday to attend a funeral but could be on the bench.
Tommy Smith's wife is expecting and could miss out if she goes into labour on Saturday.
Martin Rowlands is another who could feature. He took part in training, but is still not 100 per cent and needs an injection to help clear up a lingering calf niggle.