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Tuesday 08 May 2012

Cisse believes QPR will stay up

Rangers striker says club can preserve Barclays Premier League status

Djibril Cisse's goal ensured QPR's final home match of the season ended in victory

Queens Park Rangers striker Djibril Cisse insists that the club has what it takes to secure Barclays Premier League survival.

Cisse scored a potentially vital late winner in Sunday’s home match against Stoke City which gives QPR a two-point buffer between themselves and the relegation zone with one match to play.

However, their final match is away at table-topping Manchester City, who need victory to ensure their first title for 44 years.

While goal difference means a draw at City will almost certainly be enough for QPR to stay up, defeat, coupled with a Bolton Wanderers win at Stoke, would send them down.

"I believe more than ever that we will achieve our aim"
- Djibril Cisse

"We know we will always create chances so I always believed we could do it," Cisse told the club’s website.

"We always believe as a group. In every interview I've done I've said I am confident we will stay up, because I am with the players and the staff every day.

"We have a great manager and the board are trying to build something really special around the club. Mr [Tony] Fernandes and the rest of the shareholders have great ambition.

"I believe more than ever that we will achieve our aim now, but we know there is still 90 minutes to play and we have to give everything."


Cisse has had an eventful time at Loftus Road since joining in the January transfer window, scoring in five of his seven matches to date and being sent off in the other two.

His 89th-minute goal against Stoke ensured that QPR’s fate remains in their own hands and the forward said it was payback for the faith the club had shown by signing him in January.

"I am trying to do my best to repay what I owe the people at this club," he said.

"It was one of the most important goals of my career. It's really important because I know how important it is for the club to stay up.

"I saw Tony [Fernandes] after the game and he gave me a hug.

"I remember having a conversation with him by text, telling him: 'I am going to pay you back what I owe you' and he came and told me: 'Thank you. You paid me back.' It was nice of him."

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Key Points

  • Djibril Cisse says he believes QPR will stay up this season
  • Club's final match is away to title-chasing Manchester City
  • Rangers will need a point if Bolton win their final match of the season