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Burton Albion striker Adam McGurk guns for QPR after frustrating start to the season

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Tom Sloan

GOAL THREAT ... Adam McGurk runs at Wigan's Thomas Rogne in the Capital One Cup tie at the Pirelli earlier this season.

GOAL THREAT ... Adam McGurk runs at Wigan's Thomas Rogne in the Capital One Cup tie at the Pirelli earlier this season.

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ADAM McGurk is hoping to get over a frustrating start to the season and fire Burton Albion to victory over Queen's Park Rangers.

The Brewers striker had a stop-start pre-season with minor injuries before getting a nasty knock against Wigan Athletic in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

But he has recovered from the hip injury he sustained and is expected to start against the Hoops at the Pirelli Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

"It's been a frustrating start," said the 25-year-old, who bagged 12 goals last season as Albion reached the League Two play-off final.

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"I obviously came back in the summer feeling good and then got a few niggles and a knock against Wigan.

"That was really painful and kept me out for a couple of games.

"I felt close to 100 per cent on Saturday, so hopefully that's the end of the niggles and I can feel sharp again."

McGurk is looking forward to facing the Premier League newcomers, who beat Derby County in the Championship play-off final in May.

He also hopes that QPR turn up lacking a little confidence after their 4-0 mauling at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

"Hopefully it'll be a good atmosphere," said the former Tranmere Rovers man.

"It's what you want in these cup games – a Premier League team, home or away.

"It's a good tie and we're all looking forward to it.

"We're going in confident, the same as we were against Wigan.

"We've got a game plan and we'll stick to it and hopefully cause an upset.

"I think we probably deserved to beat Wigan – we didn't even nick it against a very good Wigan team."

McGurk, though, is not getting carried away with the cup competitions.

He is focusing on the league, with cup ties just the trimmings around the club's main aim in 2014-15 – winning promotion to League One after two seasons of coming so close to the prize.

"I think the main aim is promotion," said the striker, now in his second season at the Pirelli. "That's what everything is focused on.

"If we can get a good run in the cup and get some big teams on the way it's good financially for the club, as well as being good on the pitch too."

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