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Bothroyd: QPR need momentum

Jay Bothroyd says his winner for QPR at Southampton will count for nothing if they don't beat Sunderland next weekend.

Last Updated: 03/03/13 at 14:17 Post Comment

Bothroyd scores the winner at St Mary's

Bothroyd scores the winner at St Mary's

The striker's 77th-minute goal earned rock-bottom Rangers a precious three points, but they are still four points adrift of safety and face another crucial game at home to the Black Cats on Saturday.

"Every game is a cup final. We can't complain and we have to be up for every game," Bothroyd said.

"We won and we have a massive game next week. if we take our foot off the pace, then this game means nothing."

Bothroyd thanked manager Harry Redknapp for giving him his first Premier League start of the season, saying: "The gaffer has been great.

"He fills the boys with confidence even when you're not playing.

"There is that buzz around the training ground and he always talks to you.

"I've come in as Bobby Zamora was injured. Obviously I've scored but it was one of those where it was all about the squad and you do as well as you can and I was delighted to get a goal.

"It's great to score goals and it was always about getting the win."

Bothroyd praised Redknapp's counter-attacking strategy at St Mary's, adding: "It worked well for both goals and it was a terrific team performance. Everybody worked really hard.

"The back line was really tight and obviously we took it to them and we have a smile on our face, which hasn't happened too much this year."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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