Swp: We Need to Stand up

  • Last Updated: March 1 2012, 14:49 GMT

Shaun Wright-Phillips has called for QPR to adopt a "never-say-die" attitude in their bid to avoid the drop.

Shaun Wright-Phillips: Battle to stay up

Three consecutive Premier League defeats mean the west Londoners are level with third-from-bottom Blackburn in table on 21 points ahead of Saturday's visit of Everton.

Mark Hughes' troops suffered a 1-0 loss to Fulham last weekend and Wright-Phillips says dismissals are costing the team dearly.

Samba Diakite was sent off on his QPR debut and the former Manchester City and Chelsea winger admits it is hard being a man light.

"We need to stand up and show a never-say-die attitude," he told the club's official website.

"We're working really hard in the week, but we've had a bit of bad luck with three red cards in the last four home league games.

"Sometimes people don't realise just how hard it is to play with 10 men in the Premier League.

"It's the elite league in world football and as the manager says, you just can't afford to be playing for 50 or 60 minutes with 10 men."

Wright-Phillips is not letting the club's position get him down and he believes the number of opportunities they are creating is a good sign.

"The positive thing is that we're still creating chances - we just need to take them," he continued. "I'm as guilty as anyone, but we're all in this together.

"We need to show that same attitude with 11 men against Everton on Saturday, and then at Bolton the following weekend.

"We all know - the players and the coaching staff - that we're starting games slowly, but it's something we're trying to put right.

"We need everyone to stick behind us, like they've done all season, because we're all in this together."

The 36-cap England international is yet to score from 21 Premier League appearances and admits he can still improve areas of his game.

"There's a lot more to come from me," he concluded.

"I've been in squads in the past where I've been rotated in and out of the side, so I'm playing a lot more games than I'm used to.

"I'm pleased with what I'm doing in flashes, but I know I need to produce more over the 90 minutes. I need to influence the game more."