Norwich City boss Alex Neil shrugs off talk of Holloway hype ahead of QPR clash

Alex Neil insists his team need to focus on their own performance today not the return of Ian Hollo

Alex Neil insists his team need to focus on their own performance today not the return of Ian Holloway to QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The return of Ian Holloway may have fired up the QPR faithful ahead of today's Championship clash with Norwich City but Alex Neil is not worried by the atmosphere that awaits his players.

Holloway replaced Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the international break and has been on a charm offensive all week, saying he hopes to make Loftus Road a 'scary' place for opposition teams to visit.

'He deems it as his club, he was there for 10 years and he wants to try and rally everybody, which is normal,' Neil said.

'I don't think that's going to have any effect. The one thing that will happen is players who maybe didn't get an opportunity before he was there will deem that they've got a chance now.

'Players whose position they would have thought would have been relatively safe under the previous regime may be thinking that they need to prove their worth.

'It's funny how players then apply themselves in that scenario because you would like to think that up to that stage they should be giving 100 per cent but for some reason that seems to change.'

Despite three straight league defeats, Neil still has full faith in his players.

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'I believe that our performance will determine how the game goes, that's what I honestly believe,' he added. 'If we play as well as we can then hopefully it should be a good afternoon.'

The two-week break allowed Neil time to work on his team's defensive issues, having conceded 11 goals in four league games.

'I think it has come at a good time, it's broke it up and hopefully we can go into this game ready to go and turn it around, because the last few results haven't been good enough,' Neil added.

'We recognise that and we've worked really hard to put that right and hopefully that'll reflect in the performance.'