NEIL WARNOCK has reminded Adel Taarabt of the need for a greater team ethic against Watford on Friday night than the Moroccan displayed last time QPR faced the cameras.
The QPR boss is mindful that his mercurial striker had a stinker at Bristol City earlier in the season – seemingly intent on dazzling for Sky TV.
“I just hope Adel doesn't have another of those games in front of the cameras,” Warnock said.
“He realises how poor he was that night and I think he'll be a bit more responsible.
“I've already had a word with him about it and he accepts he didn't play well. I think he's a better player for us now – more of a team player, which he's learnt to be over the weeks.”
Warnock is no fan of Friday night football, but says he is champing at the bit after last week's game at Hull fell foul of the weather and he has a virtual clean bill of health – with only long term crocks Akos Buzsaky and Lee cook out of contention for a place on the bench.
There are one or two 'little niggles' but nothing major.
“I don't really like Friday night games because I'm a Saturday afternoon man and love my Saturday afternoons,” Warnock said.
“I'm not a massive fan of the Premier League, playing Sunday lunchtime, Sunday afternoon, Sunday tea-time, Monday night.
“But any night of the week doesn't really bother me at the moment because I'm enjoying watching us play.
“It's been a long two weeks [without a match] and I can't wait for the game to come. I just hope it hasn't knocked us out of the routine.”
Warnock holds no great store by the fact Watford will potentially add some local derby spice to proceedings.
“I'm a big fan of [their boss] Malky Mckay . I like what he does and the way he goes about his job and I think it will be a tough game, but then they all are,” said the Rangers chief.
“You can't tell me there's one game that's not tough.”