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JUNIOR BRANDS VILLA 'SIX-POINTER'

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10:01 14th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Aston Villa match crucial in bid to avoid drop believes Hoilett ...

JUNIOR Hoilett has labelled Saturday’s Premier League match with Aston Villa as the proverbial ‘six-pointer’.

The R’s winger believes the Villa Park showdown is a must win fixture in Rangers bid to avoid the drop.

QPR travel to Villa Park this weekend four points below the dotted survival line – Villa currently occupy 17th position.

And having won back-to-back Premier League matches the Canadian international admitted it has given the R’s a fighting chance of survival.

“It is going to be a six pointer,” said Hoilett who returned to the starting line-up for wins against Southampton and Sunderland in the last fortnight.

“Aston Villa are in the same position that we are in. It is going to be a scrap and a really important game. 

“We are back in the fray. Back-to-back wins in the last two games have got us back into the race for survival. With our remaining fixtures we have a fighting chance to stay up.

“I’ve looked at the remaining fixtures and it is possible. We have a run of games that we can win. We have home fixtures we can win so I am trying to remain focused and work towards that goal.”

Six points from Rangers last two fixtures has not only raised QPR’s chances of avoiding relegation – it’s also lifted spirits. 

Hoilett admitted: “Everyone was delighted with a great performance at the weekend. 

“At training - around the building - everyone has that extra confidence. It is making us work harder each day to get ourselves out of the relegation zone. Everyone has the same motive - working hard as a team to get us out of the trouble.

“We are now looking forward to the next game and keeping the run going to get the points we need to lift us up the table.”

Hoilett’s time at Loftus Road has been frustrated by a persistent hamstring injury that has caused his QPR career to stop-start since his summer arrival from Blackburn Rovers.

He was subbed at the turn of the year in the R’s 1-0 win at Chelsea with a reoccurrence of the problem before the 22-year-old returned to action as a second half substitute against Manchester United at the end of last month.

Turning in two standout performances in the last two victories, Hoilett puts most of that improvement down to boss Harry Redknapp.

“He has been working hard with us on the training field, working on defence and attack,” he said.

“He has also been getting us as a team to work and fight for each other which has given us the confidence to go and show what we can do.

“He pulls one or two players and tells them what he wants them to do. He has come to me a couple of times and told me he wants me to get at the fullback and create chances for the team. He’s pretty hands on actually!

“You can have a chat with him if you want. His door is always open. He is a good boss.”

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