Norwich travel to London this weekend as they prepare to face Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers, with the Canaries hoping to put an end to a consecutive five game streak without a win in all competitions before the International Break.
Despite sitting in fifth place and still around the likes of those in contention to be battling for promotion by May, there have been several calls and speculation for City’s boss to depart Carrow Road for a chance of bouncing back into the Premier League next season.
With the atmosphere at an all time low with City failing to hold on to their leads against Fulham and Leeds United and a hefty 5-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion still living fresh in minds, it’ll be important for the team to get back to winning ways and for Alex Neil to have the backing of the changing rooms.
Fans will be hoping the International Break gave the team to repair their wrongs in current games. Despite going into halftime 1-0 up against Leeds with a Robbie Brady goal, it was a Pontus Jansson’s header and Chris Wood’s shot, which saw the Canaries go behind. When Kyle Lafferty came in and grabbed an 88th-minute goal, he had all but secured at least a point for City at Carrow Road. This didn’t become the case with Ronaldo Vieira’s last minute winner seeing Garry Monk the happier manager to hear the Referee’s whistle to indicate full-time.
Several members of the team represented their countries over the break, with Wes Hoolahan grabbing an assist against Austria, playing alongside Robbie Brady for the Republic of Ireland. Whilst Michael McGovern and Kyle Lafferty started for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan with Lafferty adding to his tally of goals for his country. Alex Tettey represented Norway in their defeat against Czech Republic, with the midfielder hoping to take his place back from Louis Thompson, on his return from suspension. Whilst Russell Martin and Steven Naismith were named on the bench for Scotland against England.
QPR sit in 17th position with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink leaving his position at the club after 11 months in charge. Ian Holloway will look to swap his job as a pundit for the dugout for the foreseeable future as he aims to ensure his return to Loftus Road will help the team to winning ways and further up the Championship.
The club went into the International Break in seemingly dramatic fashion, with their game against Nottingham Forest ending 1-1 but with both teams down to 10 men. QPR’s Karl Henry received his second yellow card in the 34th minute, with the team also going into half-time 1-0 down due to a Britt Assombalonga goal. It was Forest’s Hildeberto Pereira who equaled the team out having received his second yellow card in the 71st minute and seeing the red card for the third time this season. The game eventually ended 1-1 with Idrissa Sylla grabbing an 85th-minute equaliser.
Will Alex Neil be edging even closer for the exit door by the final whistle? And will Ian Holloway begin his return to QPR in winning fashion? The full time whistle will be rather telling.