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09:49 20th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Stephane says he and his team-mates are ready for 12 battles, starting with Man United on Saturday…

STEPHANE Mbia says he is ready to fight and scrap for QPR’s Premier League survival.

The 26 year-old midfielder has become a popular figure amongst the R’s fans for his committed approach, and he is ready to demonstrate his combative spirit once again this weekend when Manchester United arrive in west London.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will come to W12 hoping to extend their 12-point lead at the top of the table, while Rangers battle to reduce the seven-point gap to safety.

“This game on Saturday is very, very important,” Mbia told today.  “After the 4-1 result against Swansea all of us know exactly what we want to do and what we need to do in this match.”

Rangers saw their five-game unbeaten league run come to an end in Wales, and Mbia admits it was a tough result to accept.

“It was a very difficult feeling after the Swansea match because we don’t like to lose, we don’t like this feeling,” he said. “We went there wanting to win this match but the first half made it very tough for us.”

Under Harry Redknapp, QPR had only suffered defeat four times in 15 matches prior to the fixture against Michael Laudrup’s side. But the manner of the loss at the Liberty Stadium has seen the R’s players take a long, hard look at themselves.

Chris Samba labelled the performance “disgusting,” and Mbia says the squad must be ready to fight their way to safety between now and the end of the season.

“I have confidence in what we can do because everyone is together, everyone wants to fight for this club,” he explained.

“We are desperate to stay in the Premier League. Every game for us now is going to be a battle, a fight. 

“Personally, I am feeling very fresh. I just want to do the very best I can for the club every time I am on the pitch and I am looking forward to Saturday.

“It’s going to be a big game for us and it is very important that every player gives 100 per cent for themselves, for the club and for the fans who are right with us.
“We have big respect for Manchester United but we will give everything we have in this game. And then we will see what will happen.”

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