QPR star: We can’t repeat Liverpool mistakes against Manchester United
Hill confident Rangers can push the champions all the way on home turf - if they can avoid the errors that cost them at Anfield
QPR defender Clint is confident his side will avoid relegation this season – but says there is no room for a repeat of their abject performance against Liverpool.
Left-back Hill, who replaced Jamie Mackie for the latter stages of the 1-0 defeat at Anfield, admits his team paid for their failure to keep possession against the Reds.
The 33-year-old former Stoke City and Crystal Palace defender is confident the Rs can reach the 40-point mark and secure their place in the top-flight, and is confident they can raise their game for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.
“Our first objective for the season is survival, if we can finish fourth from bottom that will be a good season for us,” admitted Hill.
“We know we can play better, we didn’t keep the ball as well as we could and we didn’t create enough chances.
“But we don’t fear anyone – we’re enjoying being in this league. We’re still naive in the sense that we’re a young team in the Premiership. We will make mistakes and get punished for them. But at home we feel confident we can give anyone a game.
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“There are no easy games and a point here and there adds up. We need to score more goals and keep them out, they’re the simple ingredients.
“If you get to 40 points and go down that’s very unlucky. Hopefully we’ll get to that mark and when we do hopefully we’ll get a few more points. It’s going to be a long, hard season but hopefully we can do it.”
Hill believes his team-mates must match the display of goalkeeper Radek Cerny, who produced a string of superb saves to prevent Liverpool from inflicting more damage.
Cerny has fallen down the pecking order at QPR behind the injured duo of Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy, but reminded his manager of his quality on Saturday.
“We always knew he was a good keeper. He’s had endless amounts of experience in the Premier League, and even last year when he came in he was faultless,” added Hill.
“We’re not surprised by his performance because we knew he could do it. We’re all delighted for him.”
Hill admitted it was a dream come true to play against the side he supported as a youngster.
“It was fantastic for myself to play at the club I’ve always supported. I had some family and everyone here so fulfilling that kind of dream was fantastic for me. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted, but Liverpool played really well and caused us a lot of problems.”
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