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QPR are fighting for survival now

We’re fighting for survival

Mick Byrne

TWO points out of 21 since we last met. Hardly surprising then that we have been dragged into a relegation dogfight is it? I suppose I’ve been prepared for it for quite some time so I’m relishing the battle ahead.
At the time of writing, I’m eagerly awaiting the Monday afternoon kick-off at Loftus Road. Norwich are the visitors today and I’d be grateful if the lads would unwrap three points. I’m more hopeful than confident though if I’m being honest.
It’s hard to be cocky when you have strikers that don’t score and the second worst scoring record at home in the Premier League. That award goes to West Brom but we aren’t far behind them.
I said at the start of the season that I would be delighted with a point a game. Thirty-six points is the target and three points today would see 20 in the bank after 20 games.
So it certainly isn’t all doom and gloom.
Although we got a fluky goal which helped us share the spoils with Swansea, we have been a bit unlucky not to bank a few more points. We had plenty of chances at the Emirates on Saturday but Schezny was in superb form and we couldn’t navigate a way past him.
Even against Man City, the best team in the league, we had chances to win the game but had our hearts broken late on when Mancini’s men netted that late winner.
Speaking of Mancini, who can forget the great Terry? Did I ever tell you the one about him on his debut for Ireland? Well, we were playing Poland back in 1973 in Dalymount and the lads were lined-up for the National Anthems when Terry came out with a corker. 
When the band were just finishing up their rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann didn’t Terry turn to one of his team-mates and say ‘that’s an awful anthem, I hope ours sound a bit better than that’!
That was classic Terry. He was a character and a superb player — one of the best to have donned the blue and white stripes at Loftus Road.
Another Irish star I must mention is Mickey Walsh. He scored 18 times for us between 1978 and 1981 and who can forget his ‘Goal of the Season’ for Sunderland? What a strike. He has links back in Islandeady and I know they keep a close eye on how QPR are getting on.
Anyway, that’s my trip down memory lane finished for the moment.
Getting back to today, it’s edging closer to kick-off and my nails are being fiercely nibbled. What would I give for three points? I’d love to ‘cook up’ a good performance for that Delia Smith one!
It’s a pity that transfer window is only after opening up again. Rumour has it that we are the second richest club in the Premier League. If that’s the case then I can’t wait to open the papers over the next couple of weeks.
I see we got Macheda on loan from Man Utd this morning. That’s a good start. He’s a tricky player that will spice up our attack. I know that Neil (Warnock) wants a striker and a defender and I hope he shops well like he’s done in the past.
Let’s hope the new squad will be assembled by the time Byrne’s Babes make their annual trip across to London.
We’re hoping to make it over for the Wolves games on the first Saturday in February. It would be great to be over there for that one as Big Mick has done a superb job with Wolves. I’m a big fan of his.
Speaking of big Micks, I’m the chairman of the Mayo Branch of the QPR Supporters Club which was recently formed at a well-attended meeting. Billy Hogan is honorary president. We’ll have a bit of craic anyway. Sure isn’t that what it’s all about.
Come on your Rrrrrrrrss!