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Gorman eyes 'big month' for QPR

John Gorman
Gorman was named Jim Magilton's assistant in June

Assistant manager John Gorman thinks Queens Park Rangers' season could be shaped by a month of tough fixtures leading into the Christmas period.

Following Saturday's match at home to Coventry City, the Hoops, who sit sixth in the Championship table, play six times in December.

Former England assistant Gorman told BBC London 94.9: "This is a big month moving into the festive period.

"Games are coming up fast and furious and we've got a local derby coming up."

He continued: "That game (away to Watford on 7 December) after the Middlesbrough home match is nice because it's three games in London coming up."

However, Gorman thinks the addition of loan signings Steven Reid from Blackburn and Tom Williams from Peterborough will give the Rangers squad the strength in depth needed to compete for automatic promotion.

We've been very unlucky with injuries, we've lost some very influential players but we've never made it an excuse

John Gorman

That has been needed, after losing two key players in Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon through injury.

"The boss and myself talked about bringing in new faces," he said. "We've had a chance of bringing in one or two loan players, but we've a little worrying doubt with Steven Reid for the weekend after he picked up a bit of a knock.

"We've been very unlucky with injuries, we've lost some very influential players but we've never made it an excuse. We've just continued every week, we've accepted it.

"Losing players like Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon was a big blow to us but we've managed to keep playing well even without those players.

"We're happy with the players we've got and we want to go into these next two games (at home to Coventry on Saturday, and Middlesbrough on 5 December) and get back to winning ways."

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