QPR’s Jermaine Jenas: Aston Villa will be nervous for six-pointer

QPR midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Aston Villa will be looking nervously over their shoulders ahead of next weekend's clash

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Harry Redknapp was unveiled as QPR's new manager in November Photo: The Sport Review

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Jermaine Jenas believes Aston Villa will be nervously looking over their shoulders after Queens Park Rangers’s recent revival ahead of next weekend’s clash at Villa Park.

The Hoops came from behind against Sunderland, courtesy of goals from Loic Remy, Andros Townsend and Jenas, to seal a 3-1 victory and a precious three points in the relegation battle.

Harry Redknapp’s side are still bottom of the Premier League table and four points behind Villa despite back-to-back league wins, but the west London did close the gap on Reading and Wigan Athletic, who are just above the R’s.

And Jenas revealed the QPR squad still believe beating relegation is a realistic possibility heading into next weekend’s six-pointer.

“There’s that belief now. The games keep getting bigger and bigger. We’ve got Villa next and that turns into a huge one we shouldn’t lose,” said Jenas.

“We were seven points off it a couple of weeks ago but I said then that if we can get a couple of wins, people start looking over their shoulders.

“Players think about that in games. It starts affecting their performances. If you are champing on their heels they know they can’t relax. That’s all we can do.

“We’ve got a group of players here who firmly believe we can do it. That is our goal now. That is our trophy at the end of the season, to stay in this league.”

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