Warnock fears tough Swans test

The R’s have endured a tumultuous campaign since their return to

the Barclays Premier League, winning three times on the road but

just once at home. Swansea are two points better off than the west

Londoners and have excelled since promotion to the Premier League.

Warnock tipped the Welsh outfit for play-off success last season

and is delighted to see them flourishing in the top flight. “I am

pleased for [Swans manager] Brendan Rodgers,” the R’s boss said.

“He has not had it all his own way, with many ups and downs. “I

remember speaking to him during one of his downs and I hope to

think he took on board what I was saying. “I like Brendan and I

think he has got a lot going for him. He doesn’t change his

principles and they are lovely on the eye. “It is difficult when

you go down there because you know you’re not going to get more

than 40% of the ball. “They have more possession than every team –

including the top teams – but it is a game that I enjoy. “You have

to be prepared and that is what we will be.” QPR come into the

match off the back of a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at home to Sunderland.

The Hoops looked set for a point after clawing back a two-goal

deficit until Wes Brown’s 89th-minute header. “The goals we

conceded the other night were the worst I have ever seen,” Warnock

said of the defeat. “By comparison, though, I think Swansea have

had eight clean sheets, which is fantastic. “I think you have to

look after your own and hope you can sort it out on the training

ground. “We have not been able to do that these last couple of

weeks so we have to keep sticking at that and trying to make out

defenders better than what they have been over the past few games.”

Whoever Warnock chooses in defence is likely to face the tough task

of shackling Swansea striker Danny Graham. The 26-year-old has

netted five times since his £3.5million move from Watford and

Warnock has revealed he could have quite easily been wearing the

blue and white hoops. “I had Danny Graham in my house,” Warnock

said. “I thought that [a deal] was all done and dusted. “He will be

playing against us and it would have been nice for him to be with

us. “He is a nice lad but that happened on four or five occasions

in the summer. Doing a lot of work, spending a lot of weeks chasing

players to finally get them to agree and then not to be able to

sign them was a massive blow to me. “It meant it was a waste of

time for sort of eight or nine weeks when we really should have

done some of the business. “Because of that we had to change

targets, looking for different types of players and it was never

going to be the same. “It really has been a bit of a mixed bag and

I think both Swansea and Norwich benefited from getting on with

their business and planning it all. “We chopped and changed, were

spurned just before the end of the deadline, which is why the only

objective for us is staying up. “We have to be positive. Yes, we

need certain help in the squad to push us on but I think we’re

quite capable of doing that and finishing strongly.”