Six days after a hugely disappointing 4000th game, the mighty Bees travel the short distance to Loftus Road for our first London Derby of the season.
Hopefully memories of the 3-0 thrashings at their place earlier this year can be erased as we can count on fresh faces such as Andreas Bjelland and Scott Hogan, amongst others, who have yet to play Rangers.
Anyway, this game against QPR has either come at the perfect time – a fixture that can rejuvenate our form of last month and put smiles back on the faces of players and supporters alike – or it could be the worst game at the worst time, during our worst run of the season. Either way, it is not ideal to play one of our most important games when some fans have seemingly turned against certain players, and with only Scott Hogan capable of scaring the opposition in front of goal.
The match against our noisy neighbours will be a true test of the team’s character, especially as it is away from home – you won’t need reminding that we have only one win on our travels this season.
I personally believe Lewis Macleod should be brought back into the team as he already has four assists to his name and seems able to pick out Hogan on one of his many runs thought the unsuspecting back four.
It will be interesting to see what team Smith picks for the televised Friday night encounter, but surely Harlee Dean will return to captain the side, with Saunders being replaced by Josh Clarke.
Other possible omissions include Barbet, Kaikai and Romaine Sawyers after his poor performance against the Tykes on Saturday. I do feel the 24-year-old was not deserving of the sarcastic cheers during his substitution. In recent weeks, he seems to be improving and, if he rids himself of those silly mistakes in the middle of the park, he could evolve into a fan’s favourite.
Let’s hope this Halloween Derby does not turn into a horror show and the Bees run out deserving winners with plenty of ghouls for the Reds.