Belfast Telegraph

Bowen optimistic over survival chances

Assistant manager Mark Bowen remains confident QPR will come out on top of the five-team fight for survival.

The west Londoners languish 18th in the Barclays Premier League and are in serious danger of an immediate return to the second tier. QPR will battle to stave off relegation with fellow strugglers Wolves, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton, who the Rs suffered a harsh 2-1 defeat to at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Despite that, Bowen insists there is a real belief within the club that they can keep their place in the top flight. He told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk: "It galvanises the dressing room. We feel a little hard done by, and it's a little bit self-inflicted, but we want to put things right."

He added: "There's a real determination now over the 10 games. We're in a 10-game fight with four other clubs.

"As a team, we are creating a lot of chances. We've got two strikers who we feel, with the run-in, could be vital for us.

"We've got to continue to keep creating chances. We feel they're getting a good understanding. But the rest of the team have got to give them a chance as well.

"By keeping things tight and creating a platform, if they go on to score, we can pick up three points."

While Bowen remains positive about the Hoops' survival chances, their run-in is one of the toughest in memory.

QPR have trips to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of them, while they also welcome Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham to Loftus Road before the season's end.

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