Ainsworth calls on fans to rally Rangers

GARETH Ainsworth has called for Queens Park Rangers fans to get the team motoring tonight.

Elvin King

GARETH Ainsworth has called for Queens Park Rangers fans to get the team motoring tonight.

The 38-year-old was named player coach by Iain Dowie last summer and was in caretaker charge after Dowie's departure when the Londoners were beaten 2-0 by Ipswich Town at Portman Road on November 1.

Rangers are now managed by Paulo Sousa with Ainsworth still on the coaching staff and he sees a win against Town vital in a match that kick-offs at Loftus Road at 5.20pm.

“Get shouting, get cheering, let's get the place rocking as I know we can,” said Ainsworth. “And sometimes we need our fans.

“Sometimes when things aren't going the best supporters can make the difference and sometimes what happens in the stand can make all the difference.

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“We aim to win every game.

“We want results we want to get as high as we can in the table. And the only clich� I do believe in is that at the end of the season you'll be in the rightful place and hopefully that's going to be very high for QPR.”

Tonight's game is being televised by Sky Sports with Rangers allowing children to enter for just �1. This should boost the attendance with Ainsworth adding:

“QPR is a family club. I've played at 10 or 11 clubs and this is a family club. This is a west London club with a massive fan base.

“I remember the promotion season years ago we were cramming them in, walking round the streets people stopping me and QPR fans all over the place.

“Now I go on holiday and see QPR shirts abroad. It's a fantastic fan base QPR, a real family club.”

Rangers may well welcome back Radek Cerny and Heidar Helguson after the pair resumed full training this week.

Cerny has been suffering with a hamstring injury but could return in place of Lee Camp in goal. Helguson has had a calf problem while Sam Di Carmine was carried off on a stretcher in the last game but is expected to be fit.

Rowan Vine, Akos Buzsaky and Martin Rowlands have been long term absentees with Patrick Agyemang stepping up training but still several weeks away from a return.

Sousa must decide whether Jordi Lopez, signed on a three month loan, is fit and sharp enough to be considered after signing on Tuesday.

Tonight's likely squads

QPR: Camp, Connolly, Stewart, Gorkss, Delaney, Routledge, Leigertwood, Miller, Mahon, Alberti, Di Carmine, Ephraim, Balanta, Blackstock, Hall, Rose, Helguson, Cerny, Lopez, Cook.

Ipswich Town: R Wright, D Wright, McAuley, Bruce, Thatcher, Walters, Miller, Quinn, Civelli, Stead, Counago, Supple, Volz, Balkestein, Norris, Garvan, Shumulikoski, Lisbie, Bowditch.

Referee: Mr S Attwell (Warwickshire).