Queens Park Rangers-Wigan Athletic Preview
LONDON (SE) - Still searching for their first win of the season, Queens Park Rangers travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan on Saturday afternoon.
The London side are bottom of the table with just six points to their name thanks to six draws in 15 matches, but the players insist that they are more confident since the arrival of new manager Harry Redknapp.
"We've got a very good manager here. A good coach who knows all about the Premier League," said midfielder Samba Diakite. "We are together as a team and all that matters now is that we get results and get out of this position we are in.
"Harry is a big manager, a big coach. He has great qualities and knows how to interact with players. He has the drive that players love. The players are working hard for him. We are adapting to his methods and we feel we will get wins soon. We're creating chances now, which maybe wasn't the case a few weeks ago. Once we convert the chances we will get those wins on the board, I am so confident of that."
Wigan started the season brightly, but have lost four of their last five to drop to just two points clear of the relegation zone. The Latics have struggled with injuries in recent weeks, but will be hopeful of getting some key players back in time for the busy Christmas schedule.
"We had four central defenders to fit into three places at the start of the season and now all four are unavailable for the weekend, it is quite a rare situation," said full-back Emmerson Boyce. "Everybody has to take responsibility now more than ever and everyone has to rely on each other to play the way we like to.
"It's going to be a hard game on Saturday because QPR will be looking for the points and we will have to be at our best in all positions to get a positive result. It will be a test but I'm sure it will be one that we can handle."
Wigan have doubts over Ivan Ramis, Shaun Maloney, Ryo Miyaichi, Albert Crusat and Antolin Alcaraz, while Ben Watson remains a long-term absentee with a broken leg. Rangers have doubts over Stephane Mbia and Julio Cesar, but Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson are out until the spring.
The home team won both matches between these two last season, with Wigan running out 2-0 at the DW Stadium thanks to a Franco Di Santo double. Those meetings were the first between the clubs in the top flight of English football, and Saturday's game will be just the ninth in history. QPR could become the first team in the Premier League era to go 16 games into a season without winning a game.