Fernandes in fighting mood

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 8:31 GMT

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists it is "not over yet" for the Premier League's bottom club despite their miserable season continuing on Sunday.

Tony Fernandes: 'Back to the drawing board'

Liverpool ran the Rs ragged at Loftus Road, with Luis Suarez's brace and a Daniel Agger header earning the visitors a deserved 3-0 win.

The defeat means QPR end 2012 bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety.

Few could have predicted such a dire season for the west Londoners after a summer of high-profile acquisitions and, while thoroughly disappointed, chairman Fernandes believes survival is still possible.

"No excuse," he said via his Twitter account, @tonyfernandes. "Lost for words. Back to the drawing board. Woeful performance.

"When we signed all those players. Everyone was full of praise. No one thought we would be in such a mess.not over yet though."

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  • The game is off to a flyer, as Victor Anichebe heads Phil Jagielka's cross against the post before Steven Pienaar follows up to make it 1-0 after a minute.
  • The early goal leaves Goodison Park rocking, as Everton continue to dominate the play and create chances.
  • Chelsea have come back into the game as the half has drawn on, and Ramires curls in a cross that finds Lampard's head...
  • The Blues' skipper nods home to level the score on 42 minutes and set up an exciting second half.
  • The ball ricochets around the Everton penalty area before Lampard pops up again to give Chelsea a 2-1 win.
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  • Liverpool's Luis Suarez runs past Clint Hill of QPR on his way to scoring the opening goal at Loftus Road.
  • Luis Suarez celebrates scoring Liverpool's opener.
  • Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of QPR dives in vain as Liverpool's Daniel Agger scores his side's third goal.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp is left worried after his side concede three early goals.
  • Armand Traore is tackled by Liverpool's Glen Johnson.
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Pictures from the final games of 2012, featuring Everton vs Chelsea and Liverpool vs QPR.

Those comments echoed the sentiments of manager Harry Redknapp, who still believes QPR can stay up.

"I think we'll stay up still," the Rs boss said. "You'll think we're mad, but I think we will stay up.

"I only want positive people around me, I said that in the dressing room.

"Those that are moping around, the subs that are not playing, are not playing because they're no good.

"If they had been any good, I'd be picking them. I don't need miserable faces, I don't need them around me.

"I need people who are upbeat. The next two games are unbelievable, Chelsea away and Tottenham at home - two of the best teams in the country.

"They are difficult games, but we've got to keep going and I still think we'll do it."

Position Player Score
15 Newcastle 20
16 Wigan 18
17 A Villa 18
18 Southampton 17
19 Reading 13
20 QPR 10

As poor as QPR were yesterday, Liverpool deserve credit for a fine performance, particularly in the first half.

The comprehensive win was made all the more impressive by the fact that manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game through illness.

"They were fantastic, absolutely awesome today," said assistant manager Colin Pascoe, who led the side with coach Mike Marsh in Rodgers' absence.

"The way they played, the way they conducted themselves, the way they controlled the game. It was brilliant.

"The back four were great and you could go through the whole team. It was just a fantastic performance today, with Luis creating chances and scoring."

The only negative from the win in west London was an injury to Jose Enrique.

The left-back limped off in the second half, leaving the club to sweat on the severity of his hamstring injury.

"Unfortunately, it looks as if he's got a little tear in his hamstring," Pascoe added.

"He was terrific today, absolutely superb, and he's been a joy to watch in the last few months, so hopefully he's not out for too long."


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