QPR must forget the play-offs, warns defender Richard Dunne
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Richard Dunne believes QPR must forget the prospect of a place in the Championship play-offs, and focus on winning their remaining five games of the season, writes Ian Cooper.
Rangers are almost certain to finish inside the top six, securing a two-legged play-off semi-final and the chance of a trip to Wembley for the final.
However, before then Harry Redknapp’s side face a difficult end to their campaign, with home games against Nottingham Forest, Watford and Millwall, and trips to champions Leicester City and Barnsley.
Of those sides, only Barnsley have failed to take points off QPR this season. Ireland centre-back Dunne believes a strong end to the campaign is vital, and he maintains that a winning habit is key going into the play-offs.
“When the semi-finals come along you need to go into them in form,” Dunne said. “Between now and then we have to try to pick up results, then the confidence will build.
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“We have struggled against teams around us in the league so it’s important we go into that game feeling confident. There is no point in us taking it easy now and letting results drop off.
“Between now and the end of the season we have set ourselves the target of trying to win every match. We have a tough game away at Leicester and Nottingham Forest at home.
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“For us to win those games would be important in terms of belief going into the semi-finals and the final. If we go out and do what we would like to do we will finish third. That’s important. We don’t want to finish in sixth and scrape into it.”
Dunne admits QPR’s inconsistency since the turn of the year has been frustrating, with Rangers often struggling to break down opposition defences.
“Apart from the top two it’s been the same for everyone; every team has lost points where they probably feel they shouldn’t have,” Dunne added.
“It’s this league, it’s difficult. If you look at Blackpool and the situation they are in, they were on a bad run and then picked up a couple of results before they came to our place. They were happy to take a draw. They got a goal in front and then it was 10 men behind the ball.”