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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Waddock on Crewe Defeat & The Future



Gary Waddock will ring the changes for the trip to Burnley next weekend.
After watching his side succumb to a 2-1 defeat against Crewe at Loftus Road, Waddock revealed he expects to shuffle the pack for the trip to Turf Moor on Saturday.Waddock had seen his side throw everything bar the kitchen sink at Crewe in the second half, but Gareth Ainsworth's 93rd minute goal was too little, too late.
"After Wednesday's defeat I wanted a reaction and never got it during the first period. I got one in the second half, but we didn't take our chances and it proved costly.
"We had enough crosses, we had enough shots, we had enough possession to win two games, let alone one game.
"I keep saying we need to be more clinical and today proved that. Crewe probably had three clear cut chances and scored twice and that's the difference.
"We had to wait until injury time to score, which is desperately disappointing.''Kenny Lunt opened the scoring nine minutes before the break, before David Vaughan put the icing on the cake on 72 minutes.
Yet despite the defeat, Waddock still had time to reserve special praise for two of his players.
"I thought Mauro was outstanding and deservedly man-of-the-match.
"I thought Cooky did very well too, but we've been beaten by Crewe, at home, and that just isn't good enough for this football club.''

By Ross Heppenstall, PA Sport
Crewe manager Dario Gradi has set his sights on a miraculous act of escapology to beat the drop - and he insisted the prospect was eminently possible.
Goals from Kenny Lunt and substitute David Vaughan gave Crewe a deserved 2-1 victory at QPR but they remain eights points adrift of safety with five games remaining.
However, Gradi believes four wins could prove just enough to emulate last season's Houdini act when Crewe beat Coventry on the final day to preserve their Championship status.
Gradi said: "It will be a miracle but miracles do happen and the players think they can do it and that's the most important thing.
"In several games I've said to the lads that they were unlucky and I've bored myself saying it.
"We haven't had any luck this season at all but if we get 12 points - and win four of five - then that would give us 46 points and that could be enough.
"We've got to try to win them all and I think if we lost two then it might be beyond us.
"But we've got to play Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall on the last game of the season, so I'd settle for that."
Staving off the threat of relegation remains a long shot but the perennial strugglers have experience of relegation dogfights.
"The players all get on and respect each other and if you were with them on a Friday morning you'd think they were going for the title," added Gradi.
"Last year we stayed up on goal difference but it could be worse - I could be at Birmingham - and they're in a terrible situation.
"We've been in this league for eight out of the last nine years and I think that's fairly decent.
"It's been good fun and it's not over yet. We didn't play particularly well today but we tried to play football and got a couple of nice goals from Kenny and Vaughnie."
Gareth Ainsworth scored an injury-time consolation for Rangers but Crewe had long since secured the points.
Speculation continues around the future of QPR caretaker-manager Gary Waddock, who has been in temporary charge at Loftus Road since Ian Holloway was placed on gardening leave in February.
Having made an initially encouraging start to his spell as caretaker chief, Waddock has now not managed to conjure a victory from Rangers in their last six games.
The Loftus Road club have denied Waddock has already been handed the reins on a permanent basis and on this form it is perhaps just as well.
Waddock said: "I'm the caretaker manager and nothing has changed whatsoever.
"There's been reports, speculation and rumours in the press about the situation but I remain caretaker manager until I'm told anything different
Waddock refused to be drawn on his chances of securing the role on a permanent basis.
He added: "That's a question that you've had to ask the chairman and the board, but I've already stated that I'd like the job, but until Ian Holloway's position has been resolved then the club can't move on."
Rangers, who slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke on Wednesday, were dreadful again and Waddock added: "I gave the players an opportunity to put things right but they didn't take it and there will be changes for the next game at Burnley.
"We had enough chances to win two games and had to wait until the 92nd-minute to hit the back of the net. We need to be more clinical because it's not good enough

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