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🗣 "We know it is a local derby and a big game for us, for the fans, and for QPR"

The boss looks ahead to tonight's derby clash

27 November 2020

Queens Park Rangers are the visitors to the Brentford Community Stadium tonight for the first league derby at our new home. Ahead of the game, Thomas sat down with the press on Thursday for the latest team news, a preview of our visitors, and how he wants to get more goals out of the team. Watch Thomas' full press conference below.

On the latest team news and squad rotation ...

It is the same squad as we had at Barnsley. Christian Norgaard is progressing which is a positive. I need to make some brave decisions over the course of the season, and especially the next six weeks, as I can’t run the players down to the ground. While there are some key players who I want to play a lot of minutes, there will be times where I need to take the decision before it is obvious. If it is obvious it is too late if they are tired or an injury concern.

On QPR ...

We know it is a local derby and a big game for us, for the fans, and for QPR. Again this year, QPR look good on the eye. On their day they play some really attractive football going forward. We need to be aware of that and we need to defend very well. Ilias Chair is a key player going forward, Bright Osayi-Samuel is lightening quick, and Lee Dykes suits their team up front. We want the fans there every time but especially for a first West London derby in the new stadium, that deserves a full crowd. It will come one day and we look forward to that.

On tactical flexibility ...

We do everything we can to prepare the team for what they are going to face but sometimes in the game it is different. Sometimes teams change formation or style and that’s where the players need to find solutions during the game. We try to have different solutions in our game-plan for every game. It will definitely be a different game compared to Barnsley.

On getting goals from across the team ...

It is a fact that others need to step up and score goals. We cannot only rely on Ivan Toney, or Marcus Forss coming off the bench, to chip in with goals. We need to have goals from our wingers. They want badly to score; it is not a lack of will, sometimes you are just in a spell where you struggle to get it over the line and into the back of the net. Also some of the Eights need to chip in with goals. They know that. We are working on it and it will come. We know they can score goals.

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