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Dunne bullish on QPR's dreams of promotion push


Richard Dunne. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Richard Dunne. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Richard Dunne. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

QPR defender Richard Dunne insists that his side will not give up on the idea of automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Long-time favourites to win the Championship title this season or at least finish in a place which guarantees promotion, QPR now look more likely to enter the play-offs after a dismal slump which saw them lose five times in nine games.

But as they prepare to face Andy Keogh's Blackpool tomorrow, Dunne hopes his side can still win promotion without the play-offs.

"We've not given up on automatic – we're going to keep striving to get as many points as we can," said the Ireland defender.

"We've not done so well against the teams around us in the top-six this season, so to beat Wigan – especially given the run they were on – was a big boost for us all.

"We want to get as many points on the board as possible between now and the end of the season.

"When the play-offs do come around, should we require them, we want other teams to be fearful of playing us. It's important we keep this winning run going as long as we possibly can.

"From the chairman down, everyone at this club wants to get promoted," Dunne added.

"Over the last couple of months we've not performed to the best of our ability and the automatic places have slipped from our grasp, but we've kept going, kept fighting and now we're back into third. If we miss out on automatic promotion, so be it, we'll have to settle for the play-offs – but we all want to get back to the Premier League, however we get there!"


TOM MOHAN insists that his Ireland U17 side have the belief that they can overcome the challenge of a mighty Germany side today and therefore keep alive their hopes of qualification for the European Championship finals.

The Irish side are in Serbia this week for the Elite round of qualification but Ireland's hopes took an early battering when Serbia beat Ireland 2-1 on Wednesday, while that same day Germany swept past Georgia 4-0.

Ireland need a win against the Germans today to stay in contention before the final qualifier, against Georgia on Monday, but boss Mohan says it can happen.

"You've got to go into the game believing you can get a result out of it. There's good spirit in them and they've shown in previous games that they can come from behind to get a result," he says.

"We feel we have good attacking players. We've good mobility in our attack, we can get players into one versus one positions high up the pitch and caused Serbia problems yesterday.

"We need to win this game but we also have to be hard to play through. There'll be stages where we'll have a lot of pressure to deal with but we've got to put them on the back foot too. The first goal could be really important."