Rob Green reveals footballing 'basics' bringing QPR success

Rob Green

Rob Green has suggested that QPR’s improvement is down to them utilising the ‘fundamentals’ of football.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper made his 10th Premier League appearance of the season in QPR’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, helping the club pick up their 8th point of the season against the domestic champions.

Having moved to Loftus Road in the summer of 2012, former England international Green found himself as second-choice stopper behind Julio Cesar, before claiming his place in the starting XI last season - as the R’s won promotion from the Championship.

He started the current campaign as Harry Redknapp’s first-choice, but he failed to prevent the club conceding 11 goals in their first four games back in the top flight, and has managed just two clean sheets in his 10 appearances.

However, his performance in the draw with Manchester City was impressive, although he has less work to do than in recent weeks, with QPR putting in a top class performance to clinch a draw.

Having started the season utilising a back three, Redknapp has reverted to a classic flat-back-four, and the R’s have benefited from the suspension of former Manchester United man Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence. Despite picking up just one point from their last two fixtures - against City and Chelsea - the West Londoners put in their best performances of the season, and Green is adamant that a return to the ‘basics’ of football have been a key factor in their upturn in form.

Speaking to the official QPR website, Green, when asked what had been changed in recent weeks, replied: “[It’s] just a return back to basics, back to the fundamentals of football.

“Something that keeps it simple and does not get over-complicated about football.

“If we ask questions about teams, a lot of the time we will get positive results.”

QPR will be looking to turn their improved form into positive results when the Premier League returns after the international break in a fortnight.

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