QPR can still beat the drop, says Taarabt

The Moroccan midfielder admits his dismay at the club's most recent defeat to Aston Villa but insists that the Loftus Road outfit are confident and focused on the future
Adel Taarabt insists that, despite the daunting task that lies ahead, QPR can still avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Hoops sit seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table following a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday but the Morocco international has called for Harry Redknapp's men to focus on the matches ahead rather than dwell on the loss.

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"For us we cannot look behind anymore, we have to look forward and try to win the rest of the games as much as we can," Taarabt told the club's official website.

"We still believe. There are eight games left - 24 points to play for - so we know what we have to do and we will try to do that."

The attacking midfielder, who has been absent from the starting lineup since February 23, is not among the QPR contingent departing for international fixtures and so featured in a reserve match against West Ham to keep up his fitness, scoring in a 3-1 defeat for the Rs.

"It was more important to get some minutes so I'm pleased to have played a full 90, that was the main thing," he noted after the game.

"We have two weeks off so for the first-team players it was really useful.

"We are looking forward to Fulham now. We know how they play, they will be confident after beating Tottenham. We have to go there and try to win."