Hill talks up QPR survival chances

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Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Clint Hill reckons the pressure is on QPR’s relegation rivals and insists Rangers can survive if they keep their cool.

Chris Ramsey’s side are still in the relegation zone but the defender believes other teams will be worried about them.

Hill scored his first Barclays Premier League goal in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Aston Villa, a result which denied QPR the chance to climb out of the bottom three.

They are third bottom, two points from safety, after Christian Benteke’s hat-trick rescued Villa but, following Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Brom and a point on Tuesday, Hill is confident about their survival chances.

“We have dragged teams in to it now, Villa probably thought they could win the game and pretty much put themselves safe,” he said, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Chelsea.

“But we’ve brought another team into it and the pressure goes onto the next game. It’s about the team and players who hold their head and keep calm who will prevail and stay in this league.

“The positive is we have four points from difficult travels and we’re right in the battle now so we’re looking forward to the next game.”

Matt Phillips opened the scoring, although Benteke struck twice in the first half to give Villa the lead.

Hill made it 2-2 before Charlie Austin put Rangers 3-2 up with 12 minutes left but Benteke completed his treble with a 25-yard free kick five minutes later.

“I’m glad I’ve got the goal because it’s been bugging me for a number of years, I’m 37-years-old and you don’t think you’ll get to play another Premier League game,” Hill told the club’s official site. “I’m glad that’s off my back and I’m glad I played my part.

“It was a hell of a game to watch I suppose but we were disappointed in the first half, I don’t think we really imposed ourselves.

“To go in 2-1 behind we could have kept our heads down and sunk, but we showed a lot of character and going 3-2 up you think you’ve got the precious three points in the bag but they scored a fantastic free kick in the end.”

Villa are 16th, three points above the relegation zone after missing the chance to put themselves further clear.

They go to Tottenham on Saturday – boss Tim Sherwood’s first return to White Hart Lane since he left as head coach last summer.

But Sherwood dismissed any added pressure after failing to beat Rangers and insisted he is not giving much thought to his Spurs comeback.

He said: “There’s always pressure on all the games you’re going to play and who’s to say we can’t go to into those games and win?

“I don’t think we’re cut out to dig out results, we can’t do what QPR did. We’re going to play on the front foot.

“Tottenham is the next game, it’s a great stadium, they have been very good to me but my focus is on Aston Villa now. I’ll only enjoy it if we come away with three points.”

Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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