QPR star: FA Cup run could spark Premier League revival

Luke Young believes a QPR win against MK Dons on Saturday could lift their entire season

Luke Young insists that an FA Cup win against MK Dons on Saturday could 'stop the rot' and lift the entire QPR squad from their Premier League slump.

Rangers head to stadium:mk on Saturday for their third-round clash having taken just five points from their last 11 league matches, a run which has sent them tumbling down the table.

They have also failed to win an FA Cup match for an incredible 11 years, since beating Luton Town 2-1 in 2001, and were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Rochdale earlier this season.

Neil Warnock revealed this week that he will field a side he feels are strong enough to beat their opponents, who currently sit fourth in League One, and right-back Young is eager to avoid a slip-up as Rangers seek a win which could act as a springboard for the rest of the season.

"With the results we've had in recent weeks, a win in any competition will be great, to get the belief going," said Young. "Hopefully we can go up there and give a good account of ourselves and get the win.

"If you don't apply yourself against any team, no matter what league they're from, you're not going to get the result. We’re going up there looking to be as professional as possible, and any result at the moment will get hopefully stop the rot."

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Summer signing Young was a member of the Charlton Athletic side which was relegated to the Championship in 2007, and is desperate to avoid a repeat of that fate with QPR.

The 32-year-old admits he is alarmed at his side’s current league position, but is confident QPR can turn their season around and pull away from the drop zone.

"Being perfectly honest I've got one eye over my shoulder," he added. "You've got to look at the results of the sides that are a little bit below us.

"Everybody realises that it's all about Premier League survival this season. To be honest, it was about that at the start of the season for me, but sometimes expectations get carried away with good signings and a good start to the season.

"I've been relegated once before, at Charlton. We were well out of it really early on, and then Alan Pardew came in and gave us a little bit of relief and we went on a decent run to almost stay up.

"It's one of the worst feelings you can get and I definitely don't want to repeat it.

"We've just got to keep working hard and hopefully something will turn for us. It's about sticking in there and being mentally strong. Every game is a fresh start."

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