Crunch spell for ex-Blades boss

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Neil Warnock has highlighted the next 10 matches as vital to QPR’s Premier League survival hopes.

The Rs put up an impressive display against Arsenal but fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

QPR face a crucial match with fellow promoted side Norwich today, which former Sheffield United manager Warnock believes could be act as a catalyst in their push for survival.

“I think the next 10 games are vital for us,” he said.

“We have a tough run -n the last six weeks so I think the next eight, nine or 10 games will define our season really.

“The quicker we can get players [to help with that] the better.

“We’re due a bit of luck against Norwich. They have had a lot the last few years with us so we are due a little bit.

“I think it will be a decent game. We are playing well.

“We need to put the chances away and I hope the lads that play give it a good shot.

“We have a few knocks in there as you would expect and a few disappointments [after Arsenal], but that is what the Premier League is about.

“It is a cruel league and you get punished when you think you have rode something.

“It wasn’t as if it was a goal they worked hard on.

“It was a disappointment really but I thought the positiveness of the lads was fantastic.

“Right from the whistle we looked like we wanted to get something out of the game in the right way.

“That is what pleased me at a place like Arsenal.

“They had a lot of the ball in their half but I think we had an equal share at times going forward. I thought we did out best.”

QPR’s performance in North London surprised many given the alterations made to the side that draw at Swansea on Boxing Day.

Warnock made five changes - including two enforced alterations - in a bid to improve QPR’s chances of picking up three points against Norwich.

“I left a few out,” he said. “I picked the team to try and win the game.

“You need some legs at the Emirates Stadium and I thought we had some cracking legs.

“I thought we played football in the right way. We were positive, attacked them and the only disappointment for me is losing.

“You can see that we are short in certain areas but you can’t fault the lads.

“We played it in the right way and I’ve not heard the Emirates as quiet as that for a long time.

The aforementioned enforced changes came after injuries to goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and defender Fitz Hall.

The latter will miss the Norwich match with a groin injury.