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10:15 5th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Joe pinpoints next two fixtures as key to R’s survival hopes

JOE JORDAN has insisted Saturday’s win at Southampton shows there’s ‘life’ in the QPR survival bid.

The R’s first team coach watched on with joy, as goals from Loic Remy and Jay Bothroyd helped Rangers to a crucial victory on the south coast.

And on a weekend that saw all of the R’s relegation rivals fail to register any points, the gap to safety is now just four points.

Jordan told "Time will tell how big a win that was.

"The most important thing this weekend was that our result went for us.

"Thankfully a couple of others did too, but our priority on Saturday was winning our game and closing the gap.”

He added: "I thought we thoroughly deserved the win at St Mary's.

"We went about our business well, against a team with a new manager, who have been playing very well.

"Our performance showed that we've still got life left in us.

"With the games we've got coming up, we've got opportunities to close the gap even further.”

Buoyed by that victory, Rangers welcome Sunderland to a sold out Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon, before a crucial trip to Aston Villa the following week.

Thereafter, fixtures against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic and Reading are on the horizon for Harry Redknapp’s men, as the countdown to the business end of the campaign really gathers pace.

Jordan added: "We know we've got a huge task on our hands over the last 10 games of the season.

"March will be a crucial month - it's vitally important we do well this month.

"There are fixtures coming up against teams in a similar position to us in the table.

"That gives us an opportunity to not only put points on the board ourselves, but also to stop those around us.

"But we aren't looking any further ahead than Sunderland. That's our next game and the only one we're focusing on right now.

"It's going to be a very, very tough game and one we'll need to be at our best at if we want to get back-to-back wins.

"We'll need to maintain our performance levels from the weekend and take our chances.”

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