West Brom star warns QPR after Norwich win
15:00 24 December 2012
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Zoltan Gera hopes West Brom can reap the benefits of being in a more relaxed frame of mind after ending their mini slump when they visit QPR on Boxing Day.
Midfielder Gera scored Albion’s opening goal in their 2-1 weekend home win over Norwich - their first in five games after climbing at one stage to third spot in the Barclays Premier League.
The Hungary international knows questions were starting to be asked of Steve Clarke’s side but is hopeful they can now regain momentum and sustain a push for a top-six spot.
Gera said: “We lost three games in a row, then drew against West Ham, and finally we’ve won.
“If you’re losing games or drawing then people will ask questions, but that’s normal.
“In every team, every single side, there will be frustrating times. Hopefully that’s in the past now.
“Maybe we can relax a bit now - and maybe we can win more games.
“We have lost to good teams in recent weeks but we feel much better after winning. We have 30 points and we just want to win more games.”
Gera, who netted his fourth goal of the campaign against Norwich, added: “Is the top six a realistic target? You never know, it’s very tight in the top 10.
“If we can finish higher than last season (10th) then everyone will be happier.”
Gera knows the importance of Albion matching relegation-threatened QPR’s desire to win.
He said: “It’s not easy, especially against a side fighting relegation. QPR will be desperate to win against us.
“I think they’re looking for the next game and will think they can beat us. We have to make sure they don’t want to win more than us. That’s the key.
“We have to build on what we have done against Norwich.
“Harry Redknapp is a very experienced manager. He did a great job at Spurs and Portsmouth.
“But they’re in a difficult period and we have to look after ourselves.”