JADE DEMPSTER insists QPR Ladies can ill afford to lose any more ground in their fight for survival ahead of Sunday’s clash with Reading.
Rangers return to league action after being dumped out of the FA Women’s Cup by Portsmouth, exiting the third round after a 5-0 defeat.
The R’s captain is calling on her team-mates to put last weekend’s disappointment to the back of their minds, as they focus on clawing their way off the foot of the table.
“Sunday’s game was massively disappointing but we can’t do anything about that now,” Dempster told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We know Reading is tough opposition so it’s the perfect opportunity for us to bounce back and show we are actually a decent side.
“Every game matters now as the end of the season draws closer.”
Defeat on the south coast was the R’s second in succession after coming away empty-handed from their last outing on home soil with Millwall.
But after a positive response on the training ground in midweek, Dempster hopes they can reproduce something similar when it really matters on Sunday.
“We haven’t had a chance this season where we’ve had a run of games where we’ve consistently played well,” she added.
“On Tuesday the training session was one of the best we’ve had.
“Coming off the back of Sunday it was exactly what we needed.”
Martino Chevannes’ side are no strangers to Sunday’s visitors, having already faced the Royals twice in league and cup this term.
The R’s shipped eight in the sides’ last league meeting but, after holding the table-toppers to a point in the League Cup, Dempster is hoping it will be third time lucky as Rangers go in search of three much-needed points.
Dempster added: “We’ve played them twice this season so we know what they’re about and how to play against them.
“I think we can get a result out of Sunday. We need to get a result, we don’t have any choice now.
“We can’t go out now expecting anything other than a win.
“We just need to start putting the performances in to get the points we badly need.”
Jade was speaking on Thursday at the U13 Premier League girls tournament, showing her support for QPR Trust with team-mates Mia Boorman, Louise Hayes and Stacey McConville.
Full story from the Ladies' visit to come on www.qpr.co.uk.