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LW on QPR EFL Cup clash

10 August 2016

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LUKE Williams believes that there is no reason why Town cannot causing an upset at QPR this evening (7.45pm KO), having been part of a Swindon success at Loftus Road in the same competition three years ago.

On that day, goals from Nile Ranger and Alex Pritchard sealed a 2-0 win over a strong R's team but despite the visitors's recent history of success at W12, the Head Coach is expecting a tough game against the London side.

“It will be a very tough game,” he said. “I watched QPR play Leeds and I thought they were outstanding. I know Jimmy Floyd’s teams are always very difficult to play against. We’ve got the added advantage of knowing the real qualities of Ben Gladwin, Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall - players that we don’t want to play against. We’d love to see them in our team but we don’t want to play against them. We’re aware of their qualities and how difficult they’ll be to play against but we’ve been there before. We played an incredibly strong team before and we overcame them that day so there’s nothing to say that we won’t do that again.

"Obviously Michael (Doughty, on loan from QPR) has given us some insight. We're pretty clued up as to how they’re going to be set up and how they're going to play. We played against Burton under Jimmy Floyd and I think there are some similar traits in there. They’ll know plenty about us so both teams will be well versed but once the whistle goes it will be down to the players to try to put into practise their respective game plans."

Finally, Williams reflected on Town's 1-0 win over Coventry City at the weekend that secured a winning start to the 2016/17 season.

"We were good without being spectacular," he admitted. "There were a few things that we were unhappy with as a group of players and staff but it's fair to say we came out on top and we deserved the win so we’re pleased to some extent. We’ve got some work to do and I think there will also be a few more players coming in to bolster the squad."

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