Harford pleased with Priskin on debut

QUEENS Park Rangers manager Mick Harford was pleased with the debut of Blues loanee Tamas Priskin despite Saturday's 1-0 Championship defeat at bottom club Peterborough.

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QUEENS Park Rangers manager Mick Harford was pleased with the debut of Blues loanee Tamas Priskin despite Saturday's 1-0 Championship defeat at bottom club Peterborough.

The 23-year-old Hungary international striker is ineligible to face his parent club at Loftus Road tonight (kick-off 8pm) although Marcus Bent, who can boast Ipswich as one of his many clubs, is expected to make his Rangers home debut.

“Tamas and Marcus did quite well and they linked-up impressively at times,” said Harford.

“Lee Cook put some excellent deliveries into the box and maybe on another day we'd have had someone on the end of them.”

Harford, who has yet to taste a win since taking over from Paul Hart in the Rangers hot seat, has called on his side to cut out their mistakes.

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Captain Mikele Leigertwood and defender Peter Ramage were both sent off at London Road and both miss tonight's fixture - the former with a three-match ban and the latter with a one-game suspension.

“At the moment we're getting punished for our mistakes,” added Harford. “We made one mistake in the first half on Saturday and got punished for it.

“I said to the players at half-time that we need to step up and create a few more chances. We needed to move the ball a little bit quicker.”

Rangers have won just one of their last six home matches, scoring eight goals and conceding 13.

Akos Buzsaky or Hogan Ephraim could return to the midfield while Matt Connolly will move across to right-back with Damion Stewart recalled to the back four.

On-loan Tottenham forward Adel Taarabt did not travel to Peterborough and could be added to the squad, while Arsenal loanee Jay Simpson will push to start in attack.

Midfield pair Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon are long-term absentees with knee injuries.

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