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McClaren must find a way of starting Hall tonight

McClaren must find a way of starting Hall tonight

QPR have hit a bit of slump in recent weeks after a brilliant resurgence from their dire start to the season. 

The Rs were on a five match unbeaten streak which came to an end against Norwich last weekend. Since then, the have lost another two on the bounce; a midweek humiliation at the hands of Blackpool in the League Cup, and a 3-0 drubbing against Swansea at the weekend.

After their disastrous start to the season, losing four on the bounce, they climbed back up the table, only to be slowly slipping down again. They travel to fellow strugglers Reading tonight desperate to avoid being subsumed into the relegation fight. The Hoops are in 19th place in the league, one point ahead of Reading, and will want to build a gap between the two teams.

To do so, they must shore up their defence. This looked to be manager Steve McClaren’s biggest problem early on in the season, and those problems appeared again against The Swans. One man that would definitely help in this department is Grant Hall.

The defender (valued at £1.75m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) returned from a long term injury against Blackpool and was one of the few shining lights in that game. He featured from the bench against Swansea, but should probably start.

The trouble is finding a candidate to be dropped, as both centre backs, Alex Baptiste and Joel Lynch, had respectable games. However, left back Jake Bidwell didn’t have the greatest game, and perhaps McClaren could move Baptiste into that position to facilitate a space for Hall.

It may be hard to do, as no one is crying out to be dropped, but Hall should start tonight in a must-win game. How McClaren manages that is the tough part.

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