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TOWNSEND: 'WE’RE NOT GIVING UP'

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09:00 19th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Midfielder refusing to throw the towel in after Villa defeat

QPR WINGER Andros Townsend insists that Rangers have still got it ‘all to play for’ – despite Saturday’s defeat at Aston Villa.

The 3-2 loss means that the R’s are now seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the Premier League table.

But Tottenham Hotspur loanee Townsend is adamant that Rangers can still survive.

“Everyone’s hurting, disappointed,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We feel like it (Villa) was an opportunity missed. Considering the way we started the game, it was a disappointing result. We should have been one or two nil up in the first ten minutes.

“It was unfortunate that they got their first goal just before half-time. That dampened our spirits.

“It can get you down, but as soon as we got back in the dressing room, the manager said, ‘That’s gone now, we’ve got to let that go and focus on the second half, because we can win this game.’

“We believed we could but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

“When we got the equaliser [to make it 2-2], coming away with a point as a worst case scenario wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen. But they scored another and it was a sloppy goal to concede – that killed us.”

Next up for Rangers is a trip to west London neighbours Fulham on April 1st before Harry Redknapp’s men welcome fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic to Loftus Road six days later.

“After Fulham, we’ve got Wigan – another six-pointer,” added Townsend. “We’ve just got to keep going, persevering, and hopefully we can pull through.

“It’s not over yet. We’ve got eight games left and have got to play our other relegation rivals. It’s all to play for, still.

“It (Villa) was a setback, but we’re not giving up.”

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