Oct 29 2010 By Yann Tear
NEW boy Rob Hulse insists QPR have not become more defensive in a bid to hang on to their unbeaten run.
The striker, who turned 31 this week, finally made his QPR debut as a second-half sub at Bristol City last week, and proved something of a lucky talisman as Rs salvaged a 1-1 draw. It confirmed the club’s longest-ever unbeaten start.
However, four of the last five games have been draws, suggesting avoiding defeat may have become a priority for Rs.
"There’s no way that’s the case," said Hulse.
"I don’t think this unbeaten run has a downside. We aren’t just trying to avoid defeat. We go out in every game looking for a win.
"We were attacking from the start last Friday, even though we were away from home and just got caught with a goal against the run of play. We won’t be satisfied with drawing every week.
"That said, draws can sometimes feel like wins. There’s a great team spirit and we’ve shown great character on a couple of occasions to come back from being down and that stands you in good stead."
Finally free from the Achilles injury that he had when he signed from Derby which has meant he has not played since the opening day of the season, Hulse is all too aware he is not an automatic choice. But he says he prefers it that way.
"I always expected to play at Derby and I think that can take the edge off you," he said.
"I think this challenge will make me play better. I don’t mind a bit if it proves harder to get a game, as long as we keep winning.
"Rangers being top of the league played a big part in coming here, even if it’s early days. I knew the manager and played with him before and knew a few of the boys.
"I see it as a strong squad. Hopefully everyone’s going to play their part."
Hulse says his frustrating start to life at QPR is nothing compared to past injury woes.
"I didn’t expect it to take this long to get back because I didn’t have certain scans at Derby that would have told me the extent of the damage," he said.
"But it’s just a niggle in the end. In the past, I’ve had far worse. I’ve broken my leg and fractured my back and I’m used to injuries.
"It’s been frustrating, but the physios have been great, working very hard to get me back fit. I just need a bit of endurance work now.
"I’ve only had a week of proper training, so with a few more weeks under my belt, the fitness will go from strength to strength."