SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS says the nagging and moaning that he hears from QPR defenders Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen drives him mad, but it’s just what’s required as the R’s aim to win their battle with relegation.
Rangers moved off the foot of the table on Saturday, courtesy of a 2-1 win over west London rivals Fulham.
While Adel Taarabt’s trickery and goals stole the headlines, Wright-Phillips says the pair at the heart of the backline deserve a great deal of credit for the team’s performance against the Cottagers.
“Nellie and Hilly are constantly talking to everyone in front of them and it helps a lot,” he revealed.
“As an attacker sometimes you can lose concentration because you’re thinking about going forward, but with them in your ear it keeps you on your toes – even if it does irritate you! They put you in the right positions to make the interceptions and tackles needed.”
Rangers produced arguably their performance of the season in Harry Redknapp’s second home match in charge, and Wright-Phillips believes no-one can deny the R’s were worthy of maximum points.
“We got everything we deserved,” he added. “We controlled the game from start to finish. I think they only had two corners and one deflected shot which went in.
“Let’s not get it wrong, Fulham are a great team. They showed us that last season so to come up against them and control the game in the way we did just shows we are a team that’s moving in the right direction.
“I thought we defended really well. When we had to put our foot in, we did that.”
Since Redkapp’s arrival, Wright-Phillips seems to be enjoying a new lease of life. He has started the last three games and admits to being lifted by the response he has received from the R’s fans.
“My recent performances have a lot to do with my team-mates and the fans, who have been very supportive of me especially over the last few games,” he explained.
“Even if I have made a mistake they’ve still urged me on. Considering the position we are in, that’s just what we need.
“That sort of backing and support makes a massive difference for me and for the rest of the team. It gives you the confidence to get the ball and try again, and the next time it might come off.”
The R’s have recorded three draws and a win under Redknapp, and will be aiming to add to their points tally this weekend at Newcastle United.
“We’ve got to try to keep that unbeaten run going and keep picking up points, no matter who we are up against,” added Wright-Phillips.
“We need to be as strong and as resilient this weekend as we were on Saturday.”