Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Samba keen to forget Fulham nightmare

Christopher Samba, left, endured a torrid time against Fulham

Christopher Samba wants to start afresh and move on from Monday night's miserable performance in QPR's west London derby defeat at Fulham.

The 29-year-old endured a torrid time at Craven Cottage, gifting the hosts the two opening goals in what ended up as a 3-2 defeat. Only the greatest of escapes will now save QPR from the drop and their latest loss saw Samba, who arrived for a reported £12.5million in January, come under intense scrutiny.

The centre-back took to Twitter immediately after the game to apologise for letting the side down, before biting back at those questioning his value. Returning to the social media site on Tuesday, Samba said: "Good morning to all, hope u (sic) all ok and start to day with a fresh mind set move on from what happen yesterday only way to over come the past."

He continued: "Giving away 2 more tickets with players lounge as a sorry for yesterday game, just retweet to enter, meet u also in person and hand u my shirt.

"Just to say I am human and like any others words can be upsetting, the money comments and performance tweets I can deal with to a degree."

Samba also hit out at the racism he suffered last night after a user called him "negro" on the social network.

"As for the racist abuse I receive last nite I did not deserve at all, called it a early day today to be called a negro for a game of football," he said via his verified account @cs4christsamba1. "2013 kick racism out of football, retweet if you are against it thank you, no matter what race sex or nationality STOP RACISM OUT OF FOOTBALL."

Samba was not alone in taking to Twitter after QPR's latest defeat, with forward Jay Bothroyd left "absolutely gutted" by the result that leaves QPR seven points adrift of safety. Only seven matches remain but Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes remains convinced that Harry Redknapp can steer the west Londoners to safety.

"Shocking first half," he said via Twitter account. "No more breaks. Game every week. Its still in our hands. 7 games 21 points. Feeling calm and still optimistic. Keep the faith whatever happens."

That view, though, is not shared by former Rs captain Joey Barton. The 30-year-old is on a season-long loan at French giants Marseille and believes his parent club are destined for the drop. He said: "Realistically that's it. Too much to do for QPR. Had enough chances to get something tonight. Can't give 3 goal head starts at this level Feel its unfair to blame board, they've backed the managers."

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