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Warburton: QPR players still believe they can reach play-offs

Mark Warburton has insisted QPR players still believe they can qualify for the play-offs despite suffering a fourth successive loss.

Rangers’ dismal run continued against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, where they lost 1–0 and failed to register a significant effort on goal.

They have now lost six of their last seven games and remain ninth in the Championship table.

But manager Warburton is adamant they still believe they can get back into the top six.

He said: “Of course there is. If I thought for a second there wasn’t, then you have to raise your hand and say so.

“But no; the players are frustrated. It’s an exceptional group. You have good dressing rooms and not so good dressing rooms – and it’s a very good dressing room. They are quality people, not just quality players.

“They are hurting right now because they know we put ourselves in a difficult position from a very strong position at the end of February.

“All you can do is stick together and play. You go to Preston and Huddersfield and have Derby at home – and we have to go play.

“We (the top six) have to face each other. We still have to face Sheffield United at home. We have to face Huddersfield and we know what we have to do.

“We’ve got a massive six games and it’s all about sticking together and maintaining the belief because the teams will drop points. There are a whopping 18 points to play.

“We have to go and deliver performances and get points. Plain and simple.

Rangers, with Seny Dieng among four injured goalkeepers and talisman Chris Willock sidelined for the rest of the season, and having recently been without striker Lyndon Dykes, have faded a lot in the past two months.

Warburton acknowledged that the “big injuries” had hit hard, but added that should not be used as an excuse for the crisis.

They never seemed to find an equalizer after conceding an early goal when they were caught by a corner routine and Ollie Norwood scored with the help of a Dykes deflection.

“We lost 1-0 on a shocking free-kick goal that we had been training for, so it’s beyond frustrating,” admitted Warburton.

“We got off to a bad start. We started on the back foot and lost too many duels, didn’t go for the ball and made them look like a really good team. They had too much ball in the first 25-30 minutes.

“The second half was better, but again it’s about having that bit of quality, a bit of craftsmanship or trickery, a bit of class in the final third.

“Whether it was a cross or a smart little ball, we missed it. We haven’t shown enough. »