QPR hopeful skipper Hill will quickly recover

QPR will monitor Clint Hill but are hopeful the captain will quickly recover from a knock to the head he suffered during their victory against Middlesbrough.

Rangers’ 2-0 triumph cemented their position at the top of the Championship and their seventh consecutive clean sheet equalled a club record.

But the sight of Hill stumbling off with 12 minutes remaining was a worry given that they are short of defensive options, particularly with Nedum Onuoha currently sidelined.

Assistant manager Kevin Bond said: “He couldn’t really see out of one eye and I think had a bit of concussion.

“At the moment we’re thin on the ground in terms of centre-backs and did get a couple of other knocks.

“Ale Faurlin came off and Charlie Austin got a knock or two in the air after going up for headers.”

Joey Barton’s early goal and Austin’s 35th-minute penalty gave Rangers a convincing win at Loftus Road.

Just as importantly, the team produced their most impressive display of the season so far, with recent signing Niko Kranjcar effortlessly outstanding on his home debut.

“We all thought that was our best performance of the season by some way,” said Bond.

“We got the ball down and played, controlled the game and kept possession. It was our best display by a mile.

“We’ve been getting the results but we perhaps haven’t been as convincing and we’d have liked with our performances.

“It’s hugely important for a side that comes down not to suffer any kind of hangover. If you don’t get off to a good start then it can be difficult.

“Fortunately, we’ve managed to get off to a good start. The feeling around the club is a million miles from what it was.”


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