QPR boss urges players ‘keep believing’ after new signings combine to edge R’s closer to safety

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MARTI Cifuentes urged his team to “keep believing” after their 2-2 draw against Norwich City secured by January recruit Michael Frey at Loftus Road last weekend. 

Frey and another signing last month, Lucas Andersen, came off the bench in the 66th minute and combined for the leveller eleven minutes later. 

Jack Colback had given the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break before David Wagner’s Canaries hit back through Kenny McLean and Josh Sargent. 

Andersen crossed for Frey who bagged his first goal after his move from Royal Antwerp. 

The result moved the R’s to within two points of safety. QPR were six points from safety when Cifuentes replaced the sacked Gareth Ainsworth last October. 

“We need to keep pushing and we need to keep believing,” Cifuentes said. “Nobody in this league will give you anything, you have to fight for your margins.

“In that sense, it is true we have been playing well in many games and we have a feeling that we could have collected more points, but I am always focused on the performance.

“I would be more worried if we were not playing well. We played against a very good team, a strong team, and still we managed to put pressure on them and create situations.

“What is important is that we keep improving because we need to keep collecting points.”

The comeback against Norwich was a fourth game unbeaten. 

“I think a draw was a fair reflection of the game,” Cifuentes said. “We did a lot of good things against a very good team and I want to praise the effort of the guys and their attitude.

“Usually, I am more focused on the tactical parts. We had some very good periods but the desire this team is showing in every game to try and chase the victory until the end, together with the supporters, is very strong right now.”

Two other winter signings, loanees Isaac Hayden and Joe Hodge, started in midfield. 

“I am very happy with the impact of the new players. It was a very good transfer window for us. Firstly, because those players showed a desire and commitment to play for us. Secondly, because they are good players,” Cifuentes said. 

“Now, it is about getting the best out of them. Isaac played a very good game, Lucas made a fantastic assist for Frey, a fantastic touch and a fantastic goal. Joey again showed his quality, against Blackburn and again today.

“We need to be patient with them because I think they will need a couple more weeks to show their best because they are coming from different situations.

“I don’t want anybody to now expect they will be our saviours but they are coming to help and that is the most important thing.”


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