QPR must beat relegation rivals after impressive January, says Granero
QPR midfielder Esteban Granero urges his team-mate to continue their good form against their fellow strugglers
Esteban Granero has called on Queens Park Rangers to continue their encouraging Premier League form against Norwich City at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Harry Redknapp’s side have been impressive in 2013, beating Chelsea before securing a point against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
The Hoops’ four-game unbeaten run has seen them move to within four points of 17th-place Wigan Athletic, injecting renewed belief into the west London outfit.
But Granero, who joined QPR from Real Madrid in the summer, insists Redknapp’s side must replicate their January performances when facing their fellow top-flight strugglers.
“We are in a bad situation but it is getting better,” Granero told QPR’s website.
“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.”
The Spain international reserved special praise for QPR’s goalkeeper Júlio Cesar after the Brazilian produced two world-class saves to deny Gareth Barry and David Silva in a stalemate with City on Tuesday night.
“Júlio is always excellent,” he added. “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.”