Sunderland v QPR: Defender Jack Robinson eager to end Londoners’ wait for away victory

Sunderland fans at Preston two weeks ago, Will they see a first home win of the season tomorrow?
Sunderland fans at Preston two weeks ago, Will they see a first home win of the season tomorrow?
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QPR aim to break their away duck when they tackle Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Unless it’s a draw, something has to give, as the Black Cats are seeking their first home success of the campaign.

Indeed, their drought on Wearside stretches back 10 months to last December.

QPR defender Jack Robinson is aiming to help the visitors get that long-awaited breakthrough road triumph.

“Sunderland’s supporters will expect a home win, but we want to create problems for them and get a positive result, said the 24-year-old.

“We’ve been in all the away games we’ve played in this season, either drawing or only losing by the odd goal, with the exception of Norwich.

“We need to take our chances when they come our way and also keep them out at the other end, because we’ve conceded a few sloppy goals this season.”

On the road this season, QPR have managed 1-1 draws at Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley, as well as going down 2-0 at Norwich, 2-1 at Cardiff and 3-2 away to Middlesbrough.

The Londoners head into the Sunderland game with a positive mindset, despite losing 2-1 to neighbours Fulham in their last match a fortnight ago.

Home fans applauded the QPR team off at Loftus Road that night, and Robinson appreciated the backing.

“QPR fans are very knowledgeable,” he told qpr.co.uk. “I think they can see from our performances this season that we’re giving 110 per-cent every time we go out on the pitch.

“Win, lose or draw – we’re giving everything.

“With their support, we’ll continue to do everything we can – home and away – to climb the table in the coming weeks.”

Robinson is aiming to play his seventh straight game, having worked his way back to full fitness this season, following an injury-ravaged 2016-17.

“To hear the gaffer say I’m the first name on his teamsheet at the moment is brilliant,” he added.

“I think I impressed him in the first few weeks of pre-season, but so did everyone, so it got to the last couple of weeks of the window and there was some talk about going out on loan.

“We had a talk, an honest chat. He said he didn’t think I was going to get much game-time.

“I said to him that I thought there was a place for me in this QPR team this season – and that I wanted to fight for my place.

“A few weeks later, the injuries started to pile up and I was training well, so I got my chance. He pulled me aside and said I was going to start the Ipswich game – and I haven’t looked back since.”