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Monday, April 23, 2007

QPR Captain Bignot Highly Praises Gregory....Additional Reports of QPR's Double Victory Over Cardiff


Marcus Bignot hailed the impact of gaffer John Gregory after the 1-0 victory against Cardiff City.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk moments after the full-time whistle, the Hoops Club Captain dubbed Gregory as 'the R's most important signing of the season.'
"People in football knew how big the job was when the gaffer arrived here, but the impact he's made has been quite amazing and we're safe with two games to play which is unbelievable.
"He's been our most important signing of the season without doubt.''
Bignot continued: "We've got so many big characters in our dressing room and the gaffer is one of them.
"We'll let ourselves celebrate tonight, but we've still got two games to play and we want to go out in style.'' QPRMirror - GREGORY'S BIG-GED UP FOR A NEW HOOPSDEAL

QPR skipper Marcus Bignot has hailed "a massive achievement" by manager John Gregory after the club clinched Championship survival with two games to go.

The Hoops have been at the wrong end of the table since the beginning of the season, and when Gregory took over from Gary Waddock last September had just one league win under their belts.

But Gregory steadied the ship, and there was a raucous explosion of joy and relief around Loftus Road when results from elsewhere confirmed that Dexter Blackstock's winner had secured safety.

Bignot said: "We can't underestimate the gaffer's achievement. We were nose-diving pretty quick.

"He inherited a squad which had got into the habit of losing, but he's given us huge confidence.

We look to the gaffer and he's our leader.

"We're his soldiers and all behind him. He doesn't panic, he's a cool customer and it's rubbed off."

Gregory's contract runs out at the end of the season, and Bignot has urged Rangers chairman Gianni Paladini to move quickly to offer him a new deal.

Bignot added: "People will be looking at the job he's done. The gaffer's shown the calibre of players he can bring in and what he can do for us."

For Cardiff there was nothing but agony as their play-off dream was shattered.

And things got worse as striker Michael Chopra saw red at the final whistle for a second bookable offence after lashing out at Lee Camp as the Rangers keeper went to shake hands.

He will sit out the rest of the season.

Boss Dave Jones snapped: "It was absolutely crazy but we're not scoring goals with him, so it's not going to make much difference."

Cardiff conceded the winning goal in the 23rd-minute when Blackstock rose to nod home his 14th goal of the season from Lee Cook's cross. Mirror

DAILY TELEGRAPH - QPR (1) 1 Cardiff City (0) 0

Queens Park Rangers manager John Gregory praised the efforts of his team in recent weeks after they secured survival in the Championship.

The west London club have endured arguably the hardest end-of-season run-in out of all the strugglers, but Rangers have taken 18 points from their last nine games.

Speculation continues to surround the future of Gregory, but he said: "The players have constantly been trying to get out of the relegation zone and have shown unbelievable character, determination, courage and resolve."

Striker Dexter Blackstock has been a key figure and struck the winning goal here. But the game was marred by an incident in the tunnel after the final whistle in which Cardiff's Michael Chopra was shown a red card. Telegraph

See Also:

QPR Report - Additional Reports & Comments

QPR Report - John Gregory's Comments

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