In Quotes

On progress, and last Tuesday's match at Villa:

"We're growing, and we're seeing improvements from all the players. That comes down to the hard work that we're putting in. But there's still a long way to go to where we want to be and what we can achieve. 

"Tuesday was a really good marker for the players. The feeling after was that they'd gone through it together and come out the other side."

On Adama Traore's red card, which the club are appealing:

"We'll find out this afternoon, we're looking for a bit of justice with that. But I've always said it's not about one player, you have to be ready to face situations like that which we showed we were."

On home form:

"We want to return to the Riverside and continue making it a tough place for teams to come. That's vitally important."

On Queens Park Rangers:

"I've got a lot of respect for Ian Holloway. He's an experienced manager and whenever you come up against one of his teams it's difficult. His sides are always versatile and unpredictable. We have to be ready for anything - preparation is everything - but the main focus is on us and hopefully we can come away with the right result."

On his squad:

"We have a lot of options, even if we don't have the biggest squad. That shows that we had a good summer of recruitment. Everyone will be play a part, and everyone has to be ready."

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