IN-FORM attacker Jamie Mackie insists the R’s squad remain confident of climbing the table in the next few weeks, as Harry Redknapp begins his second full week in charge at Loftus Road.
The Scottish international bagged his second goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, instantly repaying the faith shown in him by his new boss, who picked him to lead the line for the first time this season.
Mackie’s 18th minute header cancelled out Brett Holman’s long range strike, but Rangers failed to register a first victory of the season, owing largely to the heroics of Villa keeper Brad Guzan, who made a series of fine saves throughout the contest.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Mackie said: “The manager told us to play with no fear and after the first 15 minutes or so I thought we did that.
“We conceded early. It was a good strike from the lad, but probably a bit sloppy from us as a team.
“We got back in the game, which showed great character given the run we’re on. After that I thought we were the only team in it to be honest.”
He added: “We should have gone on to win the game at that stage, but Guzan made a couple of really good saves and they kept the ball for long periods in the final stages of the match.
“It’s very frustrating at the minute, but there have been a lot of positive signs over the last two fixtures.”
Mackie believes the arrival of Redknapp will see Rangers turn the corner in the coming weeks, adding: “I just love playing football and I said to the manager I will play wherever he picks me.
“I was delighted to get the chance to play up front.
“I worked hard, got my goal and it’s just a shame we couldn’t convert the numerous chances we created to take all three points because we desperately need wins at the moment.
“On the plus side, it’s two games undefeated under the new manager and hopefully we can go on a little run now and start climbing the table.
“The manager has come in and given the lads a boost. He’s a great man manager and the players are enjoying working for him.
“We’ve had a few good sessions on the training pitches with the new boss and the more we get to work with him, the better we’ll get.”