STEVEN Caulker has praised the organised approach from Chris Ramsey which helped mastermind QPR’s 2-0 win at Sunderland on Tuesday night.
Ramsey’s abilities have come as no surprise to Caulker – after all, it was the R’s caretaker manager who gave the defender his break in football nine years ago as a 14 –year-old!
Following the game at the Stadium of Light, where goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora sealed all three points for QPR, Caulker told www.qpr.co.uk: “Chris has been brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
“He signed me at under-15 level for Tottenham. He took me from Sunday league football to where I am now so I will always have high praise for him.
“He has come in, been organised, got the group together, got us all believing in ourselves and has got us playing a certain way. Fair play to him, he helped us pull off that away win.”
Victory at Sunderland brought QPR’s dismal away run of 12 consecutive defeats in all competitions to an end, and Caulker, 23, admitted: “Right from the warm-up, we were all at it.
“We knew we had to win it. We were so disappointed and frustrated with the way we lost against Southampton and we knew it was about time we put a stop to our horrible away run.”
Victory lifted QPR out of the relegation zone on goal difference, and Caulker added: “It was massive for us. I felt we were organised from start to finish, we had a gameplan and we pulled it off.
“We rode our luck at times and I thought there were moments of individual brilliance from us – Leroy was outstanding, Matty Phillips, Bobby with his goal, and Greeny pulled of some fantastic saves at important times.
“It was a good all-round performance but we now have to make sure we build on it.”
After both goals, all ten outfield players celebrated in a huddle and Caulker explained: “That shows you just what our dressing room is about.
“We are all so together in this. We’ve been through some rough times this season and that win has given us all a lift.
“We know we have to dig in together to get ourselves out of this situation because we’re the ones that have put us in it. I thought the performance showed the spirit we’ve got.”
Almost 400 QPR fans made the 550-mile round trip for the game, and Caulker admitted it took him by surprise to see so many R’s supporters in the north-east for the mid-week fixture.
“They’re amazing, just amazing,” he said. “I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t expecting so many of them to turn up at Sunderland so to see them there in such good numbers was fantastic.
“I’m glad they were able to go home happy for once.”
Next up for QPR is another relegation six-pointer when we travel to Hull on Saturday week.
The Tigers are one point above Rangers in the table, and Caulker said: “Every single game from now until the end of the season is so important for us. There’s no hiding from that.
“Fortunately we have turned up for the big games this season, the games we’ve needed to win. We need to make sure we keep that run going. What we’ve got to do is build on that away performance at Sunderland and go again at Hull.”