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11:00 15th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Ladies boss previews Sunday's basement battle ...

MARTINO CHEVANNES is targeting three season-defining points when QPR Ladies welcome relegation rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The R’s are targeting back-to-back wins after breathing new life into their survival bid by upsetting Gillingham on the road last time out.

Victory over the Gills cut the gap to safety to three points and a repeat result this weekend would see the R’s leapfrog their opponents at the foot of the table.

Chevannes knows Sunday’s clash is crucial to their hopes of beating the drop, telling “Sunday’s game is absolutely massive."

"If we can get a result it takes us off the bottom and even closer to the teams above us. 

“It’s a must-win game. We need to use home advantage and see if we can pick up a result.”

Chevannes admits the local rivalry provides added spice and the R’s boss is expecting a titanic tussle both on and off the pitch.

“It’s a derby and funnily enough they’ve got a couple of our old players from last season so it’s certainly going to be a battle,” he said.

“They’ll be a few out there with a point to prove but, for us, we’ve got to make sure the players are really up for the game, work hard in training and are prepared mentally as well as physically for what’s going to happen on the pitch.”

Rangers welcome their visitors in good spirits after following up a creditable 2-2 draw at high-flying Brighton with last weekend’s 2-1 win away to Gillingham.

Inefficiencies in front of goal have proved the R’s Achilles heel this term but Chevannes is relieved his side have finally rediscovered their shooting boots.

He said: “It’s amazing. In two weeks we’ve scored the same amount of goals as we did in the first six months!

“On our day we can beat anyone in the division and we proved it on Sunday. As opposed to looking like a team at the bottom we’re looking and playing like a team at the top. 

“It’s just a shame it’s taken us so long for things to fall into place.”

A trip to Vietnam with QPR in the Community Trust means Chevannes will be absent from the dugout on Sunday.

The R’s boss will nevertheless be keeping a close on eye on proceedings, keeping his fingers crossed for three pivotal points.

He added: “Unfortunately I’m not going to be at the game so it’s going to be agony for me. 

“I’ll be checking @QPRLFC and hoping to get some good news!”

Follow the action via the Ladies official Twitter @QPRLFC.

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