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QPR throw down gauntlet to FA Cup Premiership opponents

QPR boss Neil Warnock is confident his side can cause an upset when they face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup next month. The third-round encounter at Ewood Park comes at the end of a busy run of matches for the promotion-chasing Rs.

Warnock told the Kilburn Times: "I can't see certain players playing four games in nine days and then a cup game after that. If I have a choice, the fifth one's the least important to me at the moment.

"If we were mid-table in the Championship, I'd try to win it, and we'll still go out and try to win the game - you've always got a chance - but it's not a priority.

"Blackburn have got a squad of 25 and I'd imagine they'll want to play as many of those as they can. That's why we've got an opportunity to win it, whatever team we put out."

Warnock added: "No disrespect to Blackburn, but QPR's that type of club - not a massive club but one that could sustain Premier League football. I think it'll be a good game for us to go and look at and enjoy the atmosphere."

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