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Ramsey turns up the heat

QPR coach Chris Ramsey believes his "heated" half-time talk during last weekend's defeat at Crystal Palace may end up being a turning point in their season.

The relegation-threatened outfit was out of sorts and trailing 3-0 at the interval and lost the match, 3-1.

Yet, the team's second-half performance was encouraging for Ramsey and he hopes it will serve as a launchpad for a strong finish to the campaign, starting with Sunday's home game against Everton.

"There was a constructive heated discussion at half-time," he said. "Our second-half performance was better.

"I think the players realised they didn't want the game to fall into a debacle for the travelling fans that had woken up early that morning to come to the game."

Ramsey thinks his team can continue to grow from that moment.

"The heated discussion was important," he said. "It shows that people want to stay in the division and want to do well for this club. It was constructive.

"We have an experienced squad here and we have people that will try their best to make sure the other players do their best to stay focused and try to win the next game."

Ramsey said that with nine games remaining and the team four points adrift of safety, QPR's players must show a fighting spirit every time they go into battle.

"We are all in it together," he said. "The players have to pick themselves up.

"We have to regroup."

Ramsey feels his players have the right state of mind for the challenges ahead.

"The main thing is that the players are trying their best," he said. "Even the injured players are doing their all to recover and help the team."

Ramsey knew that when he took over last month, the task was going to be hard but is grateful for the opportunity to lead a team in the Premier League, even if it is one that is struggling.

"You are not going to get a call from Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Manchester City or Arsenal," Ramsey said. "You are always going to get your baptism in a situation where things appear not to be going well.

"It's a tough baptism.

"I think I've handled it quite well with the players.

"Whether we maintain this situation or not, remains to be seen.

"As far as dealing with the situation is one that I've welcomed.

"I'm hoping that together we can get ourselves above that line and start next season in the Premier League."

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