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NELSEN: NO EXCUSES

RYAN NELSEN admits QPR only have themselves to blame for their precarious league position.


The R’s stand-in skipper was on the scoresheet as Rangers drew 2-2 at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic on Saturday. 


Djibril Cisse’s 71st-minute strike aroused hope before James McCarthy’s equaliser moments later ensured the R’s travelled back to the capital still without a league success to their name this term.


“It’s always disappointing to concede when you go 2-1 up with 20 minutes to go,” Nelsen told www.qpr.co.uk. 


“But on reflection I thought Wigan played really well in the second half and probably deserved it.”


The result means R’s manager Harry Redknapp has presided over three successive draws since taking the reins.


Rangers remain rooted to the foot of the table but Nelsen believes the Hoops are heading in the right direction.


He added: “When a new manager comes in it’s not like they have a magic wand or something just changes so it’s going to take time. 


“But I think we’ve been a lot better. 


“We haven’t lost, we’ve had two awkward away games and got points out of them so we have to take the positives.


“We’re on a three-game unbeaten run so hopefully the win will come soon.”


The R’s recent upturn in fortunes has seen them go unbeaten in three successive games for the first time since September 2011. 


Nelsen admits that is something which the team need to address quickly.


“That’s not good enough in this league and we know it,” he said.


“Everybody is trying each day to remedy that situation, make it better and make ourselves tough to beat and hopefully go on to win games.”


Saturday’s draw also set an unwanted Premier League record as the R’s winless start stretched to 16 games.


Nelsen admits that is something which is hard for the players to digest and rues fine margins for the R’s disappointing season so far.


“Obviously it’s not nice at all, it’s astonishing to tell the truth,” he added.


“There’s not been many games where we’ve been totally out of it, we’ve been in a lot of games. 


“But that’s the fine line of the Premier League, there are no excuses.”


A west London derby awaits Rangers next as Fulham come calling at Loftus Road on Saturday.


Nelsen realises the size of the challenge ahead between now and May but remains confident they have time to haul themselves out of trouble.


“We feel if we can get one win we can get two and we’ll build from that,” he said.


“I’ve been in teams before where we’ve been down there but with this team I’m confident if we can get that first win, we’ll get another and we’ll get going.”