JOHN Eustace says there are six “big games” left for QPR between now and the end of the season as they look to retain their Championship status.
As QPR prepare to head to Millwall tonight, the caretaker boss has called on his players to “embrace the challenge in front of them.”
Rangers are currently five points above the relegation zone, while the Lions are only one point clear of the drop, and Eustace told www.qpr.co.uk: “Every game is big, especially between now and the end of the season.
“We know we have let ourselves down. We have six games left and I can tell you that the players that go out on that pitch are going to be ready to fight and scrap to keep us in the Championship.
“We are prepared for it and we will be competitive. In every game we play, we need our players to be leaders and we need them to embrace the challenge in front of them.”
The R’s went down 4-0 at the home of league leaders Norwich City over the weekend, but the R’s stand-in boss has been pleased with the reaction of his players as they focus their attentions on this evening’s trip to the Den.
“We were all disappointed with the result at the weekend,” Eustace said. “It was against a very good team but we have spoken about that and we are ready to go for Millwall.
“Everyone knows we are in a tough situation but the way the boys have responded this week and trained, they are ready for the challenge.
“The players haven’t needed to be lifted, they know what’s ahead. It’s a big four weeks, starting now.”
Millwall picked up a confidence-boosting 2-0 win over West Brom in south London on Saturday, a result which highlights the threat of tonight’s hosts – and it is something Eustace is fully prepared for.
“We have spoken about the challenge,” he added. “It is always a very hostile atmosphere there and a tough place to go, and that will be no different this evening.
“We know the task in front of us, we know what’s required and we will go into the game ready and prepared for the test.”
The R’s will be cheered on by a strong following at the Den, and Eustace says the backing of the Rangers faithful will be critical over the remaining fixtures.
“We need the fans’ support now more than ever,” he said. “They have been fantastic this season, especially when you consider recent results.
“All I ask is that you stick with us between now and the end of the season. We will be fighting and scrapping, and the fans’ support could be the difference for us.”
Grant Hall (groin) and Mass Luongo (illness) are doubtful for the trip to Millwall, and Eustace added: “We have got a few bumps and bruises but all the lads want to play, they want to get out there and get us across the line.”
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