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09:00 4th December 2012

by @OfficialQPR

‘It’s as simple as that’ says matter-of-fact defender ...

RYAN Nelsen admits QPR are in 'a horrible position' with 15 games of the season gone.

The R’s find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table and still searching for their first league win of the campaign. 

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa saw Rangers reduce the gap between themselves and fourth-from-bottom Sunderland to seven points, but Nelsen says it’s wins that are needed.

“I think Villa were probably happy with the draw,” the defender told 

“In the position we’re in, we’re looking for wins but we are two games unbeaten now and we’ve just got to try and get that first victory.”

In front of a partisan Loftus Road which welcomed Harry Redknapp before kick off for his first home match in charge, the R’s fell behind on eight minutes to a Brett Holman strike.

While the atmosphere was dampened momentarily, Rangers maintained their composure and were level ten minutes later thanks to a wonderful Jamie Mackie header.

“Our heads didn’t drop when Villa scored and I don’t think Harry would ever let that happen,” Nelsen said. “It was disappointing to concede such a soft goal.

“For the rest of the match I felt we had all the good chances but that second goal just wouldn’t come for us.”

With Villa perilously close to the relegation zone themselves it seemed a draw on their travels was worth protecting, as they became more and more defensive in the closing stages.

“When they got to the 60-minute mark, I think they decided they wanted that point and probably away from home, that was a pretty important one for them,” Nelsen added. 

“They just sat back really but we had a few chances. Clint Hill hit the crossbar, Ji Sung-Park had a good shot and we had a couple of one-on-ones in the first half as well.” 

Wigan away this weekend is the next port of call for the R’s as the search for that elusive first three points continues.

As for Nelsen, he accepts the responsibility for the team’s current predicament lays squarely with the men who take to the field.

“Do we need time to gel? Nobody was saying anything like that in August when the players were being signed,” he said bluntly. 

“We, as players, have to take responsibility for where we are. It’s as simple as that. 

“It’s a horrible position that we’re in and we know it. We’ve got to dig ourselves out of it.”

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