February 19, 2015

Just one point separates Hull City and Queens Park Rangers ahead of their meeting at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

The pressure will be on to pick up all three points for the two teams who occupy the places immediately above the relegation zone, particularly with both going into Saturday's clash following rare league wins.

Steve Bruce's Hull (5-8-12) saw off struggling Aston Villa 2-0 last time out, leapfrogging the Midlands side and recording their first league win since New Year's Day. The win over Villa was also the Tigers' third clean sheet in five home games, and centreback Michael Dawson is eager to add to that record and pick up a massive win against Rangers on Saturday.

"I'm sure QPR will be coming here with confidence, but we'll be going into the game full of confidence as well," Dawson said. "We're very much looking forward to it and hopefully we can put together back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season.

"It's all about winning our home games. Earlier in the season that is something we weren't really doing, certainly against the teams in and around us, and that makes this Saturday a big game. We have to build on the confidence gained from the win against Aston Villa. At this moment in time, it's all about winning. How that happens doesn't matter, it's all about winning."

QPR (6-4-15) won for the first time since mid-December with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland last time out, and the club followed up that result by confirming that caretaker manager Chris Ramsey will be in charge of the relegation-threatened side until the end of the season.

Ramsey - the former Swindon, Southend and Brighton fullback - served as Head of Player Development at Tottenham Hotspur for a decade prior to leaving the north London club last summer. With a track-record of training and developing young English talent, it was little surprise when Ramsey was added to Harry Redknapp's extensive support staff in November, but this position as stand-in manager will be the first time Ramsey has taken charge of a professional English team in his career.

"In whatever role I'm in at this club, I will give everything in the best interests of QPR, because that's what I do," Ramsey said in his pre-match press-conference. "We're focused on the next few games in the short term. There's a long term project here, but my focus is on here and now.

"We're all in this together. There's a real team ethic about the place. The players believe we can accumulate the points we need to start climbing the table. We've worked hard in training and we need to convert that into the game on Saturday. The players have the belief. We'll approach the Hull game like we did the Sunderland game. We will try to be on the front foot."

Ramsey will have to do without the injured Mauricio Isla, Leroy Fer, Nedum Onuoha, Richard Dunne, Sandro Ranieri and Alejandro Faurlin, but may have key striker Charlie Austin back after an ankle problem. Hosts Hull are missing injured defenders James Chester and Liam Rosenior, but summer signing Mohamed Diame is back in training after a knee injury.

The meeting between these two clubs on the opening day of the season was the first time they had met in the English top-flight. Hull ran out 1-0 winners, with Chester scoring the only goal of the game and Austin missing a late penalty for Rangers.

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