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GRANERO: 'IT'S GETTING BETTER'

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13:24 30th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Spaniard believes tide is starting to turn after City draw...

ESTEBAN Granero feels a bad situation at Loftus Road is gradually getting better following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with current Premier League champions Manchester City.

The point meant Rangers closed the gap to safety at the foot of the table to just four points, as boss Harry Redknapp finished January unbeaten in the league.

A win at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, whilst draws with Tottenham, West Ham and now City saw the R’s pick up six points from four matches this month.

Having done well against the top sides the former Real Madrid midfielder is keen to perform against the sides fighting for their lives with Rangers also.

“We are in a bad situation but it is getting better,” Granero told www.qpr.co.uk following the City draw. 

“We are playing well in the league and we haven’t lost a game this month. 

“That is much better but we have to keep playing like this and be strong at home here at Loftus Road. Our supporters are wonderful but we need to start beating the teams around us – this Saturday is a big chance.

“We haven’t lost in January and we have been playing against some great teams like Man City and we beat Chelsea and drew with Tottenham. 

“They are top five sides but now we have got to beat the teams that are fighting with us.”

QPR were good value for their point against Manchester City last night and had chances to win the game had it not been for a fantastic save from visiting keeper Joe Hart to deny Adel Taarabt just before half-time.

However, it was Rangers stopper at the other end  - Julio Cesar – that claimed all the plaudits with yet another Man of the Match performance.

The one time Champions League winner made an unbelievable stop from Gareth Barry before denying Eden Dzeko the winner seven minutes from time.

His role in securing a precious point was not lost on Granero, who returned to the side last Saturday following a hamstring problem.

“Julio is always excellent,” said the Spaniard. “Our goalkeepers are outstanding, we are lucky we have keepers who are doing great saves and I hope they continue to do that. He was a big play for us last night.

“I feel good now. I had ten days off but it has now been two games in three days, which is hard, but I feel fine. The doctors and physio have worked very hard on my hamstring and I feel very fit now.”

Rangers are back in action in W12 for a third time in seven days on Saturday when they host Norwich City live on Sky Sports.

The Canaries have lost five of their last six Premier League outings since the middle of December.

That has seen them slip to just six points above the relegation zone and Granero, 25, hopes the R’s can take advantage.

“It is a massive game for us and one that we have to win as we are playing at home and we must try to win,” he admitted.

“That is the only result we are thinking about. We will try to match our work rate and create more chances to get the three points on Saturday.

“Tuesday we faced the team that are second in the league with great players and so a draw is not a bad result. 

“Of course we need to win games but we have to appreciate who we have been playing against recently. I think Saturday though is a game we can win.”

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