WITH all six of the teams directly above them still to play, Jamie Mackie insists that QPR are still in control of their own destiny.
Defeat against Manchester United on Saturday means that Rangers are still seven points adrift of safety in the Premier League.
But ahead of our trip to Southampton on Saturday – and the Saints just three points clear of the bottom three themselves – Mackie said: “It’s a vital match. We were playing the champions on Saturday, a top-drawer side. No-one was expecting us to get a result. They’re top of the league by quite a margin.
“We’re another game on, but thankfully no-one stretched the gap. That’s important for us.
“It’s going to be hard but we’ve got to keep going, keep trying to play and get a result. That’s the only thing you can do.
“If we can get results against the teams in and around us, it’s almost like a double result.
"Games against teams in and around us are when we can hope to claw points back – that’s the only hope we’ve got unless every team goes and wins every game, but that’s not going to happen.
"It’s up to us. We’ve got games that we’ve got to win and if we don’t win them, we deserve to go down – it’s as simple as that.
He continued: “I hate losing football matches. It’s been too much of a regular occurrence this season.
“But I’m the sort of character that never gives up. Come Saturday, I’m going to be bang up for it, still believing that we can get out of trouble.
“We are capable of getting results and I still believe that we can get them."
Having begun his career with Wimbledon (now MK Dons), Mackie was forced to drop down to non-league football before a meteoric rise to the Premier League.
The 27-year-old added: “I’ve worked my way up through the leagues and I’d be devastated if I’m not in the Premier League anymore. It’s the place to play your football.
“You’ve got to keep believing. You can’t throw the towel in – we’re not down yet. It’s a mammoth task, but if you don’t believe, there’s no point pulling the shirt on.
“If the worst does happen, I don’t want to be accused of going down without a fight. That’s the worst possible thing that can happen.
“We’ve got 11 cup finals now and have got to be bang up for everyone, get in people’s faces.
“If we give everything we’ve got and go down, people will analyse the season then – but let’s not do that now, let’s give ourselves a massive chance of staying up.”