JUNIOR HOILETT hopes victory over West Ham tonight will give QPR the belief they need to assure themselves they will not be involved in another relegation scrap.
Another summer spending spree by owner Tony Fernandes raised hopes that QPR would have a successful season following their narrow escape from the drop last term, but things have not gone to plan for the Londoners so far.
Mark Hughes' team have only picked up two points from their opening five games and go into tonight's London derby at Loftus Road at the foot of the Premier League table.
Rangers looked like anything but relegation candidates in their unfortunate defeat to Tottenham last weekend, but Wednesday's loss to fellow strugglers Reading in the League Cup once again exposed the defensive frailties which have prevented them from winning in the league this term.
Hoilett, who joined Rangers from Blackburn this summer, hopes a win over the Hammers this evening will help lift the pressure.
"When you don't get your first win everyone is looking for it and talking about it," Hoilett said.
"We are playing well and not getting the results. Once we get the win we can start building the belief.
"It will bring a lot of pressure off us so that's why I'm looking forward to Monday's game."
Hoilett owes a lot to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce for advancing his career during his time at Ewood Park.
The Canadian, who scored his first QPR goal in the 3-2 loss to Reading, insists he will not think twice about snatching three points off his former mentor tonight, however.
"He taught me a lot," Hoilett said. "I enjoyed playing under him but I'm looking forward to getting the three points off him."
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