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MACKIE: WE’RE LOOKING BETTER

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15:46 4th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Jamie insists R’s must focus on the positives following Norwich stalemate …

QPR’S 0-0 draw against Norwich City on Saturday was their fourth consecutive point in the Premier League. 

And while many R’s fans were left disappointed at having to settle for a share of the spoils after Adel Taarabt’s penalty was excellently saved by Canaries keeper Mark Bunn, Jamie Mackie says it’s important everyone remains upbeat.

“It’s a disappointing result because we need wins but we’ve got to stay positive,” the forward told www.qpr.co.uk

“We’re not getting beat, we’re not shipping goals in, so we’ve got to take the plusses from that.”

Rangers stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five games with the Norwich stalemate, and had a great chance to claim all three points when Mackie was felled in the box by Bunn.

However, the keeper made amends by denying Taarabt from 12 yards.

Despite Ranges going agonisingly close to taking the lead, Mackie says the visitors deserve credit for their performance in W12.

“Our keeper had to make some great saves so I wouldn’t want to disrespect Norwich by saying we deserved to win,” he added. 

“They’re the away team and they created chances, but we obviously had the penalty.”

Following the closure of the January transfer window on Thursday night, Harry Redknapp handed first starts to Chris Samba and Andros Townsend, while Jermaine Jenas joined the fray in the second half.

The trio all looked impressive on their first outings in the blue and white hoops, and Mackie added:

“It was good for the new lads to get a run out, they’re only going to help the squad. Things are certainly looking better for us.

“Andros is direct and he’s willing to take players on, that’s what we need. And when you’ve got someone like Bobby (Zamora) on the pitch, you need deliveries into the box and Andros put a few balls in. He looked lively and he’s a youngster so he plays with no fear.”

Samba was a colossus at the heart of the R’s defence, and Mackie said he’s pleased the club have been able to bring in such a solid replacement for the departing Ryan Nelsen.

“Nellie has been absolutely tremendous for us, as has Clint Hill, so we needed someone to come in and replace Nellie and luckily we have managed to do that with someone of Chris’s stature,” said Mackie.

“He’s a monster, a powerful boy and hopefully he can score a few goals for us as well. If we can hang the ball up not too many people are going to beat him in the air.”

Mackie will be joining CEO Philip Beard, manager Harry Redknapp and captain Clint Hill on Thursday night’s Fans’ Forum. Full details here!

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