Double act: Hoilett says Remy partnership key ahead of QPR’s clash with Sunderland


The team take on the Black Cats at Loftus Road on Saturday.


By Pete Thompson

Junior Hoilett says Queens Park Rangers have their sights set on winning back-to-back games for the first time this season when they take on Sunderland at Loftus Road on Saturday.

The winger was restored to the starting line-up against Southampton last week, along with striker Loic Remy, and they inspired QPR to an important away victory.

They are expected to keep their places for Sunderland’s visit, and Jay Bothroyd and Rob Green are also pushing for starts after impressing at St Mary’s in the absence of Bobby Zamora and Julio Cesar.

And Hoilett says his partnership with Remy could be key to QPR’s success as they look to move off the bottom of the Premier League.

“He has great movement and we’ve gelled together,” said the former Blackburn winger.

“We’ve been training together and hopefully we can build on that.

“Southampton was a six pointer that we needed to win to give us a boost going into the next set of fixtures, which are winnable.

“It would be great to get back-to-back wins and it’s another massive game against Sunderland.

“Three points would give us great belief going into the final games.”

QPR played out a 0-0 draw with Sunderland at The Stadium of Light back in March in what was Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge of the club.

The Black Cats are still without Spurs loanee Danny Rose and captain Lee Cattermole but will have gained some confidence after recovering from a two goal deficit to draw with Fulham last week.

But manager Martin O’Neill admits, with his side just six points clear of the drop zone, that the game will be difficult test.

“QPR is a difficult issue. They will be fighting for everything having won last week,” said O’Neill.

“Their side has been changed around somewhat since Harry Redknapp came in and it will be a monumental battle.

“This game is important too as is every of the next ten games to come.

 “There’s more points we need to get, and it would be nice to do that this weekend.

“I believe we shouldn’t have been beaten in any of our games played recently, including the one against Arsenal.”

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