Leistner confident QPR can continue upturn in form against Canaries
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Queens Park Rangers captain Toni Leistner is confident the Rs can beat Norwich City to continue their Championship resurgence.
The German centre-back was touted with a move to the Canaries last season as his contract at Union Berlin moved towards its conclusion but ended up joining QPR this summer.
Leistner, 28, reportedly turned down interest from the Bundesliga and other Championship clubs to join Steve McClaren’s team but must have been doubting his decision after the season started with four consecutive defeats.
Rangers have turned things around though and taken 10 points from a possible 12 following a 2-0 home win over Millwall on Wednesday night.
“It’s good that the team have been able to show that they can win games again and again,” Leistner said. “Hopefully, now we can make it a perfect week and win on Saturday.
“We want the perfect week now though. I think we can beat Norwich and keep this run going, we’re in a positive frame of mind ahead of Saturday and the dressing room is a good place to be right now.”
The upturn in form has followed the loan signings of forwards Tomer Hemed and Nahki Wells from Brighton and Burnley respectively.
The Rs will face a similarly rejuvenated team in Norwich though, after back-to-back wins against Middlesbrough and Reading so far this week.
“It was a difficult start to the season but when Tomer and Nahki joined the team it helped us change the style of play,” Leistner said, speaking to QPR’s website.
“The quality of the strikers has helped with that a lot. That helps us massively defensively as we are defending from the front now. Their movement and runs assist the defence a lot so for us that makes it a lot easier to defend.
“We’re now better at pressing and that has enabled us to defend more as a team.
“It’s really pleasing to see that the back four and the goalkeeper are now keeping clean sheets.
“We’ve managed to keep three in our last four matches and hopefully we continue that but I think the whole team are defending better now.”