QPR striker Washington confident goals will return

QPR striker Conor Washington is confident he will soon rediscover his scoring touch.

Washington netted four times in six games during January and February, but has been unable to add to that tally in his last seven appearances for Rangers.

However, the Northern Ireland international – who did score in his country’s recent victory against Norway – is not unduly concerned by his barren run at club level.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to score, but the more worrying thing would be if I wasn’t getting chances,” Washington said.

“We had plenty of chances against Brighton, including a few for me, and probably two of them at least could have come off.

“But I back myself to score every single game and I’ve just got to keep that mentality, keep strong and take that attitude into the last five games.”

The 24-year-old is also heartened by the development of his partnership with Matt Smith, who has scored four times since his January move from Fulham.

The pair have now started together seven times and Washington reiterated his preference for playing off a target man instead of the lone role he was deployed in earlier in the season.

“Matt’s a really great player, a good lad as well and I think we’re getting an understanding now of each other’s games,” said Washington.

“If I get it wide I’m looking to get it in the box for him and he’s looking for me on his flicks.

“I’ve always played in a two, more often than not with somebody that’s bigger than me.

“I’ve always liked playing in that kind of little-and-large partnership and I’m willing to do the running of the big man if he’s willing to do the more physical side.”

‘Results will turn’

Friday’s 2-1 loss at home to Brighton was QPR’s third defeat in a row and kept them 16th in the Championship table, albeit with a 10-point cushion over the bottom three.

They failed to score in two of those matches – 1-0 defeats at Derby and Aston Villa.

“They haven’t been the easiest three games in the world, coming in quick succession, but I think we deserved to get at least a few points from them,” said Washington.

“That’s the way things seem to be going but we’ve got to keep putting in the performances and the results will turn.

“If we do, I think somebody’s going to get a bit of a drubbing.”