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An Interview With Vital QPR

QPR next up in a possible six pointer...well it feels like it...so here are the thoughts of Vital QPR.

With thanks to Boxer!

1) What are you expecting from the season, as like us, it hasn't been a fantastic start?

It would be fair to say I have tempered my expectations somewhat since the start of the campaign. I never expected us to be in the top half, but by that same token I didn't anticipate such a disastrous opening.

That being said I don't think we'll be relegated, with or without Mark Hughes, other fans do not share my more positive outlook but it's a game of opinions. Getting our talented individuals to become a cohesive unit will be the key in delivering better results.

2) Any highlights from the season so far?

Drawing at home to Chelsea and keeping a clean sheet - that's about it in truth. A couple of great goals from the enigmatic Adel Taarabt has helped break the malaise for a brief moment - albeit those moments are all too fleeting.

3) Are you happy with your clubs business in the transfer window?

Surprisingly enough, yes. I have maintained that we've purchased the right players. It's up to them and Mark Hughes to get the results that their talent demands. Esteban Granero and Julio Cesar are two of the finest players I've seem at Loftus Road in some time.

It's all about these players realising they are fine players, and graft together to find a workable system. Our season depends on this.

4) Who is going to be your main dangerman when we play?

Our very problem is that we don't know! I would suggest a mature Adel Taarabt can turn any game on its head. The talent the Moroccan possesses is such a rare commodity, and as Saints discovered in a friendly a few years ago - he can win a game himself.

5) What are your weaknesses, any clues for the game will be appreciated :-)

Our defence is inconsistent and struggling for clean sheets, and we have a strike force struggling for confidence and goals. Stop us scoring and the defence will invariably start to show cracks. Our vociferous supporters can be a blessing or a curse, if you score an early goal I fear many will turn on the team.

6) Have you been surprised with how Saints have performed so far?

I did have Southampton to be relegated at the start of the season, purely because I didn't place too much faith in the signings. A lot of money dispensed on what are unproven players would always be a gamble and thus far it hasn't paid off - not to say it won't eventually.

7) Do you have any thoughts on Nigel Adkins?

Adkins has done phenomenally to get both teams promoted but has always found that extra step a challenge. Southampton seem to be Scunthorpe writ large in that sense, but I have a lot of respect for the work he has done both at St Mary's and Glanford Park.

If he was dismissed by Mr Cortese there will be no shortage of clubs coming in for an undoubtedly talented manager.

8) Has anyone stood out from our recent buys?

Gaston Ramirez has proven a fine player thus far, but I'm more fearful of your longer standing players as you'll see below. No doubting some talent has come through the door at St Mary's, it will be consistency at the top level that will harness this talent and help it develop.

9) If you could take one of our players, who would it be and why?

Rickie Lambert or Adam Lallana - both players look good on any level and I'm sure will continue to prove themselves valuable at this level. Both players look useful and will I'm sure provide us with a stern test on matchday.

10) Who do you see as our main threat in the game?

The above duo without question. I think Lallana's creativity and Lambert's goalscoring prowess will be a test for our wavering defence on matchday. Here's to hoping their undoubted talent doesn't come to fruition.

11) Finally, a prediction for the game please?

3-1 to QPR. I think we can get ourselves off the mark but not without the normal heart attack that must ensue.

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Writer:Vital Saint
Date:Friday November 16 2012
Time: 9:40PM

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