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Saturday, April 21, 2007

QPR's Manager John Gregory's Post Match Comments

"...Jones sees red at Chopra dismissalApr 21 2007 - icWales

"...QPR manager John Gregory paid tribute to his players after a 1-0 victory over Cardiff ensured their survival in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Dexter Blackstock’s first-half header from Lee Cook’s cross gave Rangers their fourth win in five matches.
It ended any lingering fears of relegation, while Cardiff’s play-off hopes are now all but over.
“The players at QPR have been under pressure from the very first game – since before I came here,” said Gregory.
“They’ve constantly been trying to get out of the relegation zone and have shown unbelievable character, determination, courage and resolve.
“More than anything, a spirit in the dressing room is what has got us out of trouble.
" am absolutely delighted for everyone at this football club. I just want to celebrate now and I want there to be a real party atmosphere for the last game of te season against Stoke.
“Celebrating not being relegated might seem strange to people on the outside but this club has been through so much in the last year or so.”
Gregory hailed the impact of the players he has signed since taking over from Gary Waddock in September, when Rangers were bottom of the table and seemingly heading into League One.
Gregory said: “The day we signed Danny Cullip was the day this club started moving forward. The likes of Adam Bolder and Lee Camp have also been absolutely magnificent.
“We had too many losers at this club but we’ve got them off our backs and the lads who stayed here have been tremendous.” - IC Wales

QPR Official Site - JG Speaks

An emotional John Gregory was close to tears as the reality of Championship safety finally hit home.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk after the R's 1-0 victory against Cardiff City, the Rangers gaffer waxed lyrical about his players.

"There were a lot of negative moments throughout the season, but the lads have been first class.

"It's been really hard work and I'm absolutely knackered, but it's all been worthwhile.

"The drive, commitment, passion and team spirit amongst this group of players is something else - I've never known anything like it in all my time in football.''

Gregory added: "Two wins and two clean sheets against a Cardiff side with one of the best striker's in the division is an outstanding feat.''

The R's gaffer paid a special tribute to Danny Cullip, who despite missing the Bluebirds' fixture with a groin injury, was heralded as the major reason for the R's staying up.

"The day we signed Danny Cullip was the day everyone believed we could stay up.

"His impact since he arrived at the Football Club has been quite amazing. He's a first-class professional and he's had a real galvanising effect.

"They all deserve credit though, from the lads I've signed to the one's I've inherited.''

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