Norwich City old boy Mark Bowen expects QPR to bounce back at Carrow Road
QPR assistant boss and former Norwich defender Mark Bowen has played down the importance of this weekend's Premier League trip to Norfolk.
Both clubs suffered heavy opening day defeats, but Mark Hughes' right-hand man insists it is too early to panic in the new top flight campaign.
'I've read things in the paper saying it is a huge game for QPR because of what happened for both clubs, but, listen, every game in this league if you stop and go through it is tough,' he said. 'You go to Norwich and we are confident of going and getting a result but on the day things can conspire against you for whatever reason - but you don't come away thinking our season is over and it is total doom and gloom.
'We'll approach it the best way we can but we are fully confident of starting off our season properly at Norwich.'
Rangers were humbled 5-0 at home to Swansea as the Canaries were toiling across London at Fulham and Bowen admits the early part of this week will be spent repairing battered confidence.
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'We were all a bit fragile. Players, fans, management but I think we have all been in the game a long time,' he said. 'The fans of this club, especially, will have seen many downs and a few ups along the way.
'It is a clich� but you have to make sure you don't get too high when you play well and win games and you certainly don't get too low after a situation like Saturday.
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'Of course, for everybody connected to the club it was an embarrassing day, but it is the first day and we are all totally convinced of where we are going as a club and what we are doing and believe me we will bounce back. A number of things went wrong and we will analyse it up until Wednesday or Thursday when we then start leading up to the Norwich game.'
Hughes has instigated a major overhaul of the squad that only avoided relegation on the last day of the Premier League season back in May, but the same frailties were evident against Swansea at Loftus Road.
'I think you get into a situation, certainly with the scoreline, if you are away from home then you recognise certain fundamentals,' Bowen told QPR's official site. 'If you see a disastrous result coming on then perhaps you tend to approach it a bit different. Players possibly going into the last half an hour of the game got caught up in trying to affect it individually and lost their shape as a team and then when you lose the ball you are not in a position to recover it well. Swansea were adept at playing us on the counter and took their goals well. Look at the game period by period and we were by far the better team in the first half, but we conceded a sloppy goal. We started the second half well but when the second goal went in we lost our shape and our discipline.'