QPR star lays down survival challenge

Makie urges team-mates to use victory at Stoke as a foundation for the rest of the season

Jamie Mackie is challenging QPR to build on their third away victory of the season against Stoke last weekend with another positive result at Norwich on Saturday.

The Rs added to their victories at Everton and Wolves with a 3-2 triumph which lifted them to ninth in the Premier League table – and an encouraging six points above the relegation zone.

Mackie is expecting the game against Paul Lambert’s side to be equally as difficult as their narrow triumph at the Britannia Stadium, but he believes it is vital that QPR build momentum as they head towards the often season-defining Christmas period.

And the Rangers forward says his side need only look at Blackpool – who sat in the top half of the table at the end of November, only to fall away spectacularly in the second half of last season and eventually suffer relegation – for a cautionary tale.

“We’re under no illusions as to how hard it’s going to be.It’ll be every bit as difficult as the game at Stoke,” Mackie told London24.com.

“They’ve done well at home, they play at a really high tempo and we need to make sure our mentality is right.

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“We’ve got games against the teams around us now, and these are the really important ones where we have to go and get a result. It’s a different game to Stoke, but the confidence is high so we need to take that into the game.

“We need to use our start to the season as a foundation to keep going because while you’re doing well in the Premier League you need to get points on the board.

“We saw it last year with Blackpool when they faded away towards the end. But everyone is champing at the bit for another game now because we did so well at the weekend, and we can’t wait for the games to come.”

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