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SAMBA: CLOSE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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12:15 25th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Honest as ever, Chris reflects on United defeat …

CHRIS SAMBA was in typically-honest mood as he assessed Saturday’s performance which saw QPR lose 2-0 to Manchester United at Loftus Road.

A stunning strike from Rafael gave the visitors the lead on 23 minutes before a Ryan Giggs effort ten minutes from time sealed victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s table-toppers, a result which briefly saw them extend the gap at the Premier League summit to 15 points.

“We started the game not too bad but when you concede the first goal like this, it’s a bit of a killer for the team,” Samba said, in reference to Rafael’s edge-of-the-box opener.

“When a goal like that goes in, you think everything is against you. I thought I could have headed it away but the ball was moving right and left. Fair play to Rafael, it was a world-class strike.”

Rangers adopted a more offensive approach on Saturday than in recent matches but found the United rearguard difficult to break down. 

Samba almost opened his account for the R’s but saw two second-half headers blocked, and he admitted:  “We tried to get going but I think we need to create more goal-scoring opportunities for ourselves. That was lacking at the weekend.

“I came close, but close is not good enough. We have to hit the target a bit more. I know what I can bring to the team on free-kicks and corners but I wish we could create more from open play. We had few shots on target.”

With Rangers seven points adrift of safety, Samba knows the odds are stacked against the club retaining their Premier League status. But with 11 games remaining, the 28 year-old certainly hasn’t given up hope.

“There is a big challenge ahead of us,” he said. “Other results were good to us, we are still the same number of points behind like we were before the game. I do think there was an improvement in our game on Saturday but we need to get going.

“Everybody has written us off. This will take the pressure off us because nobody expects us to do this. 

“We are going to go into the next matches, do our thing and if we can avoid relegation, it will be the greatest achievement.”

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