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13th October 2003 
At Loftus Rd
14/10/03 7:45pm
After last Saturdays thrilling injury time defeat at home to Southend it'll be good to leave the pressure cooker of the 3rd and take it easy in a cup game.

This game against QPR will be a chance for the lads to relax knowing that they're not expected to win but if they do then that's a bonus.  Without many of our own fans travelling down and comparatively few QPR fans it will be a quiet night in at Shepherds Bush.

In Brits post match interview on HW radio he hinted at bringing in at least 3 new players this week and today we heard about one probable.  It was let out by the non-league press on Sunday, obviously before the club wanted it made public knowledge, that Chester City's Wayne Hatswell was on his way here.

Wayne Hatswell The 28yr old defender, Hatswell, started his career at Forest Green and was then sold to Oxford Utd for 35,000, then under the managership of Mark Wright.  When Wright was sacked from the U's he took Hatswell with him to Chester City.

After becoming a crowd favourite at the Stadium of Concrete he then fell out with Wright at the beginning of this season after rumours of a 'conflict of interest' between Hatswell, Wright and Hatswells' wife.

The club are believed to have offered Chester 15,000 for Hatswells services and are still looking for at least two more players before the end of the week.  One possibility could be Justin Jackson who has just been released by Doncaster.  If it is then it's goodbye Brit.

Our only injury doubt looks like being Bo Henriksen.  He left the game at half time with a limp and will probably not make the game tomorrow.

Is Bo one of the ones on Brits hit list?  He could well be.  You can't tell me that Brit doesn't mind him smoking like a chimbley and quaffing ale all night long.
Unless he changes his ways a bit I can't see him staying here much longer and he shouldn't be too hard to sell on.

Another one living on borrowed time by now has got to be John Williams.  He did very little when he came on against Southend and looked so unfit.  His short term contract must be up soon.

Whoever else Brit does bring in has got to be a name.  The fans will not be fobbed off with anymore unknowns.

QPR didn't play on Saturday because they're a team crammed with internationals!!  or was it the team that they were to play, Brentford.

Their previous game was at Grimsby over a week ago and they rolled home 1-0 winners with a goal from Eric Sabin.

QPR lie in second place in the table and after promising so much in the recent past look like one of the favourites to go back up to the first this season.  They'll be without the ex Blackpool defender with the pretty little name, Danny Shittu.  He was thought to have a cruciate ligamant injury but it has now been diagnosed as merely a muscle fibre injury.

Coming back from injury for them will be Kevin Mcleod and Richard Edghill.  They got back into training over the weekend and could play some part in the game tomorrow.

I expect that with the awe that they hold for the Harriers that QPR will throw a load of kids on.  That could be just the chance for our seasoned professionals to get something from this game.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Hatswell, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Melligan, Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Lewis.

QPR from:
Day, Forbes, Padula, Palmer, Carlisle, Bircham, Gallen, Thorpe, Ainsworth, Sabin, Culkin, Rowlands, Pacquette, Edghill, Daly, Bean, Oli, McLeod, Furlong.
Previous games against QPR
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2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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