We won’t give up! Townsend says QPR’s bid to beat relegation not over
QPR winger Andros Townsend says the Hoops won't give up in their battle to beat relegation from the Premier League this term
Andros Townsend insists Queens Park Rangers aren’t going to give up in their bid to beat relegation despite their disastrous loss at Villa Park.
The Hoops squandered a first-half lead as Aston Villa came from behind to secure three-points, leaving the west London side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
QPR face Fulham after the international break and Townsend, who scored his second Hoops goal at Villa Park, is adamant Harry Redknapp’s men are staying positive despite trailing 17th-placed Villa by seven points.
“After Fulham, we’ve got Wigan – another six-pointer,” said Townsend. “We’ve just got to keep going, persevering, and hopefully we can pull through.
“It’s not over yet. We’ve got eight games left and have got to play our other relegation rivals. It’s all to play for, still.
“It [Villa] was a setback, but we’re not giving up.”
Jermaine Jenas put QPR ahead at Villa before Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann overturned the visitors’ advantage.
Townsend appeared to have rescued a point for the Hoops midway through the second half before Christian Benteke netted the winner with eight minutes remaining.
The 21-year-old winger, on loan from Spurs, admitted QPR were devastated to lose to the Birmingham outfit after being in a winning position.
“Everyone’s hurting, disappointed,” he added.
“We feel like it [Villa] was an opportunity missed. Considering the way we started the game, it was a disappointing result. We should have been one or two nil up in the first ten minutes.
“It was unfortunate that they got their first goal just before half-time. That dampened our spirits.
“It can get you down, but as soon as we got back in the dressing room, the manager said, ‘That’s gone now, we’ve got to let that go and focus on the second half, because we can win this game.’
“We believed we could but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“When we got the equaliser [to make it 2-2], coming away with a point as a worst case scenario wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen. But they scored another and it was a sloppy goal to concede – that killed us.”