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ADEL: 'BACK? TO THE FUTURE!'

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09:00 21st March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Midfielder refuses to dwell on past results ...

ADEL Taarabt insists he is only looking forwards and that despite defeat at Aston Villa; Queens Park Rangers can still avoid relegation.

Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Villa Park extended the R’s Premier League survival gap to seven points. 

However, rather than concentrate on the past, Taarabt prefers to focus on the future, with it clear in the Moroccan’s mind what needs to be achieved.

“For us we cannot look behind anymore, we have to look forward and try to win the rest of the games as much as we can,” said the midfielder after he got on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 3-1 reserve team defeat at West Ham United.

“We still believe. There are eight games left - 24 points to play for - so we know what we have to do and we will try to do that.”

Taarabt replaced Fabio after 66 minutes against the Villains as Andros Townsend pulled QPR level seven minutes later.

However, despite Christian Benteke’s winner, the 23-year-old felt Rangers were good for three points.

He later admitted: “It was very disappointing. It was a massive game for us but it is not finished. We have to still believe. We have eight games left and we have to give everything and not have any regrets.

“In my opinion we were the better team and we deserved to win the game. We were a little bit unlucky in the end but we have to keep going.”

An international break leaves Rangers without a fixture until next month and the opportunity to bounce back immediately.

No fewer than eight of the R’s squad are away with their countries this week as FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and friendlies take centre stage.

However, those not involved with their national associations took part in a behind closed doors reserve team friendly with West Ham on Tuesday.

Taarabt, who has failed to start any of the R’s last three first team fixtures, scored with a sweetly struck free-kick two minutes into the second half and revelled afterwards it had been a useful exercise for him.

“It was more important today to get some minutes so I’m pleased to have played a full 90, that was the main thing,” he said. 

“We have two weeks off so for the first-team players it was really useful.

“We are looking forward to Fulham now. We know how they play, they will be confident after beating Tottenham. We have to go there and try to win.”

QPR face Martin Jol’s side at Craven Cottage on Monday, 1st April – kick-off 8pm - live on Sky Sports.

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