QPR must ‘scrap for points’ against Sunderland, says Neil Warnock

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock.
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock.
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NEIL Warnock insists QPR's players must roll up their sleeves when their hectic Christmas schedule begins against Sunderland tonight.

Rangers host Martin O'Neill's side in the first of four Barclays Premier League games in 13 days.

Three defeats in four matches have seen the club slide down the table and Warnock insists his players must start produce against Sunderland, Swansea, Arsenal and Norwich over the next fortnight.

"Sunderland have a decent squad. It will be a decent game, there aren't many disappointing games here," he said.

"We were a little bit too open against Manchester United on Sunday, but we've got to get back to basics and try to get points on the board.

"You're looking over your shoulders, but a win takes you into the top half - it's that close.

"We've played some tough games of late so we must scrap for points now."

Warnock met with the club's major shareholders on Monday to finalise plans for the January transfer window.

QPR hope to make three to four new signings with two of them arriving on loan and Warnock is targeting hungry, young players determined to make a name for themselves.

"The players you've got to look for are players you think you can be of benefit to them and of benefit to their club," he said.

"What's helped us is that we had Kyle Walker from Tottenham and I believe we made him the player he is today.

"We gave him the platform, the confidence and the experience. And he went on and on from there.

"There are probably four or five players at the top clubs who we may be able to get.

"If we can get one or even two of those I'd be delighted. We've just got to wheel and deal."