NS PARK RANGERS 1 EVERTON 2
QUEENS Park Rangers interim boss Chris Ramsey admitted his side require a freakish upturn in results in order to avoid relegation after slumping to their ninth Premier League defeat in 10 matches against Everton yesterday.
Tottenham loanee Aaron Lennon scored the visitors’ winner after QPR substitute Eduardo Vargas netted a second-half leveller to cancel out Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman’s opener for the Toffees.
While victory moved Roberto Martinez’s Everton to 13th in the Premier League and nine points clear of the drop zone, QPR are firmly ensconced in the relegation mire, lying 19th and four points adrift of safety.
“I don’t think we need a miracle. We do need a miraculous run of form but I think we’re capable of doing it,” said Ramsey. “There have been teams in worse situations that have stayed up and we’re going to try to be one of those teams.
“There wasn’t any apathy there and the players want to show the fans that if things don’t work then we’re not going down with a whimper. We’re going to keep fighting.”
Mercurial Morocco playmaker Adel Taarabt came close to snatching a late point for the hosts only for his injury-time effort to crash against the crossbar.