Belfast Telegraph

Green learns from past escape

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green insists his great escape with West Ham eight years ago has taught him never to give up in the race for Barclays Premier League survival.

Rangers sit four points adrift of safety after a goalless draw against Sam Allardyce's side on Saturday but Green, and the Hammers, were in a worse position in 2007.

West Ham found themselves five points back at the same stage of the campaign but surprise victories against Everton and Manchester United at Old Trafford on the final day saw them beat the drop.

QPR will need to pull off similar heroics this time around as they now face consecutive trips to Liverpool and Manchester City before finishing the campaign at home to Newcastle and away to Leicester.

"I've been in worse situations, particularly with West Ham," Green said.

"It was nearly 10 years ago and we went to the champions at Old Trafford to win and stay up.

"We're up against it, we're under no illusions, we're a win behind now.

"We're going to have to win somewhere where people have written us off to give us a chance but we've still got 12 points to play for."

Rangers can take heart from performances against the top teams this season.

In their five games against sides in the top seven this year, QPR have been beaten by only one goal on four occasions.

In the reverse fixture against Liverpool, an injury-time own goal from Steven Caulker gave the Reds a 3-2 win while City needed a late equaliser from Sergio Aguero to draw 2-2 at Loftus Road in November.

"The performances against Liverpool and City showed what we can do," Green said.

"It's not a forlorn hope. Everyone is giving everything. That wasn't the case when we were relegated two years ago but now it's not for the want of trying.

"Hopefully everyone at the club and in the stands recognises that as well.

"It's a different club, it's a different feel about it.

"You'd rather walk out with the lads we've got now because you know everyone is pushing in the right direction."


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