Mancienne: we can still make it
PUBLISHED: 11:29 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky MICHAEL Mancienne insists QPR s play-off hopes are still alive despite the last-gasp goal that cost them victory at Wolves on Saturday. Andy Keogh s 95th-minute equaliser pushed Rangers below halfway in the Championship and left them seven po
By Ben Kosky
MICHAEL Mancienne insists QPR's play-off hopes are still alive despite the last-gasp goal that cost them victory at Wolves on Saturday.
Andy Keogh's 95th-minute equaliser pushed Rangers below halfway in the Championship and left them seven points shy of the top six with just six games remaining.
But Mancienne - who was back at Molineux on Tuesday as England under-21s drew 0-0 with Poland - feels the Rs are capable of keeping the door open by beating another play-off contender, Ipswich, this weekend.
He told the Times: "I think it's definitely still a possibility - we've got to keep going, keep strong and win our next couple of games.
"It's just so close - teams like us are literally just two wins from the play-offs and two losses from being back in trouble.
"We don't feel like Saturday was a defeat, but considering they scored with literally 20 seconds to go, we should have won it. We've got to be ruthless and maintain that lead.
"Ipswich will be a difficult game, but we've got to go there, show the same kind of character as we did at Wolves and finish off the game this time."
Rangers allowed the lead to slip on three occasions - the second of them when Mancienne was controversially adjudged to have brought down Wolves' Matt Jarvis inside the penalty area.
But many observers felt that referee Clive Oliver's decision was partly influenced by the fact that he had awarded QPR an unconvincing spot-kick, for handball by Neill Collins, earlier in the second half.
And Mancienne agreed, saying: "One, I thought it was outside the box and two, I didn't do anything on purpose. He tried to cut across me and, as he did that, his boot clipped my leg and he fell over.
"I suppose the referee's just evening up the game. But we definitely have to take a positive from the fact that when Wolves equalised, we went ahead again twice.
"Also, we had to adjust when we lost two very good players [Martin Rowlands and Matthew Connolly]. That shows the depth that we've got, people on the bench can do a job as well as the ones that have gone off."
The right-back, who has been on loan from Chelsea all season, confirmed once again that no decision has yet been taken on whether he might make a permanent move to Loftus Road in the summer.
He said: "I haven't heard anything at the moment, I just get on with my own game and try and do as well as I can.