Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR's Players Still Battling for Their Boss, Says Bircham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR's Players Still Battling for Their Boss, Says Bircham

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IF A WEEK is a long time in politics, then six weeks is an eternity in football. Just ask Queens Park Rangers fans.

After beating Cardiff 1-0 at Loftus Road on 27 November, Rangers were sitting pretty in the playoff places and appeared to be coping comfortably with last season's promotion to the Championship.

Their stunning autumn form, which included a club recordbreaking seven successive league wins, even generated optimistic talk of an improbable promotion push.

But Rangers have fallen back to earth with a bump during a winter of discontent at Loftus Road.

They have lost six of their last seven league games (the other was a goalless draw), lost eight away games in succession and crashed out of the FA Cup last weekend to struggling Nottingham Forest. To add fuel to the fire, there are also rumours of dressing room unrest.

It makes tonight's home game against 12th-placed Stoke, who are one position and one point above QPR, crucial for Ian Holloway's faltering side.

However, Rangers talisman Marc Bircham insists there is no reason to panic and that there are some good reasons for the team's alarming midseason collapse.

"We have had the usual injuries, illnesses and suspensions and we have a small squad. When we are missing two or three players, we struggle," said Bircham.

"I honestly don't think we are playing too differently to when things were going so well. It is such a fine line between winning and losing.

"Although our performances have dipped a bit, which has affected our confidence, we have not had the rub of the green, especially away from home.

"We have conceded six penalties and had four goals disallowed away from home this season and got just one penalty at home. The officials seem to be against us.

"And, apart from the Forest game, the matches we have lost have been one-nils and two-ones."

However, the feeling among many Rangers fans is that the club's remarkable run of victories in September and October was not a true reflection of the club's talents. The view is that the playersperformed above themselves following whispers within the club that the popular Holloway's job was under threat. …

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