Ian Holloway gives verdict on Blackburn v QPR, predicts possible Hasselbaink signing

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Ian Holloway thinks QPR will lose 1-0 to Blackburn tonight.

Pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Queens Park Rangers will lose 1-0 away at Blackburn Rovers this evening.

The R's head into the game with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink still chasing his first victory as R's boss, having drawn four and lost two his six league matches.

QPR also lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, meaning Hasselbaink needs a victory sooner rather than later to get off the mark.

They face a trip to Blackburn Rovers tonight, who sit one place and two points behind QPR having lost their last three league games under new boss Paul Lambert.

Both teams are languishing in the bottom half of the table, and much more will be expected from their fans as they lock horns at Ewood Park this evening.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former QPR manager and current pundit Ian Holloway has backed Blackburn to win the game 1-0 with a Jordan Rhodes, whilst backing Hasselbaink as good enough for the QPR job despite some early questions about his role.

Holloway also looked at the situation surrounding veteran goalkeeper Robert Green, suggesting that QPR should look to move the 35-year-old on and instead go for one of Hasselbaink's former Burton Albion players, Jon McLaughlin.

"At the moment it's a case of 'we are QPR, in the cup we don't go far, all our shots go over the bar, we are QPR'," said Holloway. "It's been a disappointing start to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's reign - the players don't look focused. People will start saying soon 'is Jimmy good enough?' - but of course he is. The team he has inherited isn't good enough - QPR need freshening up."

"I've read that Rob Green is just five games away from triggering a new one-year contract. That's a common thing in football for older players, but the easiest way to deal with it is to drop him. Let's be honest, at 35-years-old he's not going to improve. If he doesn't get his contract, then QPR will spend that money on someone else - that's football for you. Jimmy might want to go back and get his former goalkeeper at Burton [Jon McLaughlin] - he keeps plenty of clean sheets."

"I've kept faith with the Super Hoops all season, but I don't fancy them going up to Blackburn. It's unusual that Jordan Rhodes has gone seven games without a goal - he's one of those players that seems to always be on the vidiprinter. Maybe he's just getting used to playing with someone up front. It looks like an adjustment period for him, but he'll come through it, he's a quality player. Let's give him the winning goal," he added.

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