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INTERVIEW: A tight group

17 January 2014

Max Ehmer on the Colchester game

Defender Max Ehmer spoke to us about his loan spell so far and about the game against Colchester at the weekend. 

"It isn't always easy after a defeat like the one we had at Leyton Orient but we've just been focused on getting ourselves right for the Colchester game," he said. "We've prepared well and we're all going into it looking for a win. We're a tight group so we've lifted each other and we all want to put it right on Saturday."

"Our home form has been quite good so we need to pick that up again now," he continued. "The short term goal is to win on Saturday and we've then got a bit of a break before the MK Dons game. That's another reason why we'll be looking to put in another good performance in front of our fans. 

"The bottom half of the table is very tight but if you can get two or three back to back wins you can really climb the table. Saturday is a great chance for us to start that off again.

"We obviously want to win every game but when you look at the table Colchester aren't that far ahead of us. The next one is always the most important and we go into every game full of confidence and wanting to win."

On his loan spell, he said: "I've really enjoyed my time here so far. The lads have been brilliant with me and I've been made to feel really welcome, which does help out on the pitch. 

"I've played most of the games during my time here so it was an easy decision for me to extend my loan. I was always happy to come back. There was a bit of a debate about me playing in the FA Cup but I just wanted to come back and play more games. 

"I'm a long way from home but I'm really enjoying life up here. Kav has been really good with me and I'm enjoying working with him. We all want to repay him with some results now. It's a huge confidence boost when he tells you that you're a big part of the team."

"My personal aim for the rest of my loan is just to win games," he continued. "I would like to stay beyond the three months but it's up to QPR and Kav to make a decision on that. 

"Something until the end of the season would be good because I'm really enjoying myself. There isn't really much I can do about that so I'll just keep playing my football and see what happens from there."

"Reserve team and development football is totally different to playing league games," he confirmed. "You can't replicate a league one game because there isn't anything like playing for points in front of a crowd. Playing matches every Saturday is what it's all about. This should help my development and help me to show QPR that I'm ready if I'm needed." 

"When I first came here I said I wanted to make my mark and stay in the team which I've managed to do," he said. "I'm obviously happy about that but I would have been much happier if we'd won a few more.

"Every win we've had has been my highlight. Every player loves winning matches. The Rotherham game was also a good performance from us. We were down to ten men and we worked really hard to get the point. We all enjoyed Sunderland but we lost the game so I can't really say that was my highlight."

"I did say when I arrived that I would like to score a few goals but that hasn't happened for me so far," he said. "I've been trying and I actually thought I was going to get one in the game against Crawley when I won the penalty. Hopefully I'll get one on Saturday."

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