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Monday, September 18, 2006

Marc Bircham Criticizes QPR's Performance "..We're in a Relegation Battle"

Daily Mirror - 18 September 2006

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MARC BIRCHAM believes Rangers are already locked in a desperate relegation battle and hopes the embarrassment of being bottom finally stirs them into life.
QPR have won just four times in 23 games since Gary Waddock succeeded Ian Holloway as boss at Loftus Road in February.
The Londoners' dire form continued against promoted Colchester, who coasted into an early 2-0 lead.
And with the Hoops hosting fellow strugglers Hull this Saturday, life-long QPR fan Bircham is anxious his teammates respond.
The midfielder said: "We should look at the table and it should turn our stomachs.
"Seeing QPR at the bottom is my worst nightmare and we need to get that feeling into the team.
"We owe it to ourselves to go home, look at the table and see where we are - that's all the desire and determination we should need. The message has got through and I hope it will mean we're fired up for the next game because I was disappointed with our work-rate.
"When you come in after the first half and it's 2-0 and you're not up for the battle, it's not acceptable.
"But we're in a relegation battle now and it doesn't matter what tactics or formations we play we've got to win the battle."

[Just to note Friday's Mirror story and how it depicted the situation.

Mirror 15 September 2006 - QPR PAY PRICE FOR BIRCHAM
MARC BIRCHAM will cost his boyhood heroes QPR a cool £1million - by refusing to leave until he walks away on a Bosman next summer.
The midfielder, 28, has been on the transfer list since May but is refusing to even consider a move.
Bircham said: "I've got a contract until the end of the season and I'm sticking to it. There's no way I'm leaving while I can still stay."

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