Hill: I got a roasting from Fernando Torres – now bring on Crouch

Clint Hill and Peter Crouch face their former clubs on Sunday, with the QPR man hoping to make amends for last weekend’s horror show against Chelsea.

Hill has been a stand-out performer for Rangers this season but admits he was given the runaround by Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.

Now the ex-Stoke defender is preparing to pit his wits against Crouch – a favourite among R’s fans from his spell at Loftus Road – in a game Mark Hughes’ side know they must win.

Torres ran riot against QPR.

“I got a nice roasting off Fernando Torres, which was nice of him – thanks very much,” said Hill.

“You try and learn from these things and now I’ve got Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters who are all quality players.

“Crouch is a good player. Everyone looks at his height, but although he’s tall and awkward to look at, his touch is fantastic.

“The way he holds the ball up and brings people into the game is second to none. You don’t get to be an England international if you haven’t got a decent touch.

“We’ll try and learn from the Chelsea game. We’ve got to put it behind us and get on with the game against Stoke.

“We’ve got to win this to have a chance of staying in the Premier League. A draw might not be enough.

“We’d have to rely on others to drop results and we can’t afford to do that – it’s a must-win game for us.”

A midweek defeat for fellow strugglers Bolton against Tottenham means QPR’s destiny is in their own hands as they battle against the drop.

And Hill revealed he could not bear to watch the game at the Reebok Stadium, where Spurs’ victory left Rangers aware that a win against Stoke could be enough to keep them in the Premier League.

Hill said: “I tried to get away from it. I went to the cinema, watched The Hunger Games and then turned my phone on, and luckily the result went for us.

“You’re praying – fingers crossed, toes crossed and everything – that a result like that goes your way. But now we’ve got to get three points and not be relying on others slipping up.”

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