Santos won't change

DEFIANT Georges Santos last night vowed not to alter his whole-hearted approach to the game against Ipswich just because he is one booking away from a two-match ban, writes Derek Davis.

DEFIANT Georges Santos last night vowed not to alter his whole-hearted approach to the game against Ipswich just because he is one booking away from a two-match ban, writes Derek Davis.

The Frenchman who spent a season with the Blues, after joining on a free transfer from Grimsby Town, has been booked five times in the seven games for QPR since he was sent off at Plymouth and is now on nine yellow cards for the season.

Santos believes he has been picked-on by officials but that won't change his style.

He said: “I did deserve the last couple of bookings but there have been plenty of others that have been harsh. With the way I play and with what happened a couple of years ago at Sheffield I have a name and referees find it easy to book me while other players get away with worse.


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“I am not a nasty player or ever go out to hurt anyone, unlike some players, but I always do my best.

“Just because I'm on nine booking that doesn't mean I will change the way I play. That is not my style. I'm wholehearted and try my best every game and don't pull out of tackles.

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“I will play my normal game at Ipswich and if I get a yellow, and it is a fair booking, then I will accept it and get on with missing games.”

After being part of the side which lost 4-2 at Loftus Road to Ipswich and started a slump for Rangers, Santos is desperate for his new side to do well - but he accepts they will be meeting the Blues at a bad time after they lost 2-1 at home to Watford on Tuesday.

He said: “This is not really a good time to play Ipswich. The fans will expect them to bounce back after losing on Tuesday and that will give them pressure. But I also know that Joe (Royle) and Willie (Donachie) will be building the players up.

“I was at Ipswich for more than 12 months so I know the quality Ipswich have and the good football they play.

“It will be good for us that Shefki Kuqi won't be playing but at the same time they have James Scowcroft back so we will have to watch out for him.”

The R's have stemmed a poor run of away losses when they were beaten eight times in succession on the road, but have since beaten Coventry 2-1 and drawn at Millwall.

Santos said: “We have showed many times this season how dangerous we can be. We have some quality players and can play good football.

“We still feel we can reach the play-offs. We would need to go on a run of games as we did last October and November but it can be done.

“Realistically if we finish in the top 10 that would be a good season for us. The priority was always to stay in this division so anything else would be a real bonus.”

Santos was a popular figure at Portman Road and the training ground among backroom staff and players. He scored just once in his 36 Town appearances but won the Blues fans over with his whole-hearted approach and left Portman Road on good terms.

He said: “I'm looking forward to seeing the guys and catching up with friends.

“It will be good to be back in Ipswich as it is somewhere where I enjoyed myself.

“It was difficult at first as the supporters didn't know me or what I could do but I worked hard for the team.

“I wanted to stay at Portman Road but I wasn't playing as much as I would have liked and the manager made it clear I would not be involved too much.

“Going to QPR was a chance I had to take and I'm glad I did. I left Ipswich with good feelings.

“I expect I will get some stick from the fans but I hope it is good stick. It will be the same on the pitch, between 3pm and 5pm we are enemies but after that we will be friends again.”

Much will depend on whether he has added to the five goals that he has scored this season, or the nine yellow cards.

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