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ANDROS' SURVIVAL INSTINCT

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08:45 5th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Spurs loanee confident Rangers can avoid drop after making Hoops debut...

NEWCOMER Andros Townsend has no doubt that Queens Park Rangers have enough to survive the drop this season after making his debut.

Townsend is on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham Hotspur after arriving in W12 last week.

The pacey winger put in a Man of the Match performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City at Loftus Road.

Boss Harry Redknapp handed him his first ever Premier League start, having previously enjoyed five substitute appearances in the league for Spurs.

And the team’s performance has reassured the 21-year-old that there remains confidence that Rangers can avoid relegation this season.

“I don’t feel in the slightest that hope is disappearing,” Townsend told www.qpr.co.uk after QPR recorded a third successive stalemate at home. 

“If you see the way we played against Norwich we were the better team by far and if we take that form into the remaining games then I think we will be fine.

“You can see we have massive quality,” he added. “Adel Taarabt showed what he can do and the big man [Christopher Samba] looked dangerous from corners and will be a big threat.

“Even when Bobby Zamora came on it showed positive signs for the rest of the season. I’m confident.”

Townsend’s pace down both flanks caused Canaries full-backs Javier Garrido and Russell Martin problems all afternoon.

That allowed the Spurs wideman a number of opportunities to cut inside and shoot from distance.

One such run, three minutes from time, looked destine to win the tie for Rangers. Townsend shuffled inside from the right, playing a one-two with Taarabt, before unleashing a stinging left footed drive from 25-yards.

Unfortunately, a fine stop at full stretch from visiting custodian Mark Bunn denied him a winner on his debut.

“When I hit it I thought it was in but it was a great save from the keeper,” recalled Townsend who has already enjoyed loan spells with Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford, Millwall, Leeds and Birmingham City during his short career.

“I think we had two or three good chances but the keeper has played well. I’m looking forward to the next few games with optimism. 

“Ultimately I believe we were the better team but we didn’t convert our chances. Hopefully we can improve on that when we go to Swansea this weekend.”

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