Ipswich Town head to QPR with no fear
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QPR v Ipswich: IPSWICH Town boss Mick McCarthy says there is no point him being envious about QPR’s star-studded squad ahead of his side’s trip to Loftus Road tomorrow.
Harry Redknapp still has seven England-capped players in his squad following the west London side’s relegation from the Premier League, while experienced players such as Richard Dunne, Karl Henry and Charlie Austin were all added over the summer.
And if that wasn’t enough, the former Tottenham boss is reportedly on the verge of signing Scott Parker and Colombian international striker Duvan Zapata for combined fees of around £10m.
“They arguably have the best squad in the league,” said the Blues boss, who spent next to nothing on his 10 summer signings. “They’ve got arguably the best manager too. Harry seems to get the best out of his players. I don’t know him that well, but he inherited a Tottenham side that were bottom and got them in the Champions League.
“You’ve got to put them as one of the favourites to be promoted, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get beaten on Saturday.
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“There’s no point being envious about their squad. Harry will be under more pressure than the rest of us to get into the Premier League because of the squad he’s got. It’s a feather in your cap if you can beat sides like that.”
He continued: “I said in pre-season that I can’t imagine anyone will be thinking ‘happy days Ipswich are coming’.
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“We’ll get beaten in games but it will never, ever be for a want of trying.
“Every game we go into we’ll believe we can win – even against sides with this sort of quality and Premier League experience.”
Blues striker David McGoldrick said: “We know we’ll have to be at it 100% to stand a chance, but we believe in ourselves.
“There are big wages down there, Premiership and international players, and a Premiership standard manager as well in Harry Redknapp.
“We’re not going to go there and set up shop though, we’re going to look to get something out of the game.
“We’ve got what I consider a Premiership manager too in Mick McCarthy and spirits are high.
“That Reading team we faced on the opening day was basically the same team that was playing in the Premiership week-in, week-out. We showed that we can play against them and I thought we should definitely have got something out of that game. That’s why we’ll go to Loftus Road with real belief.
“They’ve got proven players, but they’re in the Championship now just like us.
“If you don’t get up for playing against these sort of players then you shouldn’t be in the job.”
He added: “It’s a nice tight stadium, I’m told Ipswich are taking a lot of fans – I’m really looking forward to it.”