QPR may have been ruthlessly dispatched by Liverpool yesterday but manager Harry Redknapp still believes his bottom-place side can stave off relegation.
The west Londoners go into the New Year eight points adrift of safety, with just one victory to show from 20 Premier League outings this season.
Yesterday they fell to a fifth home defeat of the season as Liverpool romped to a 3-0 victory, thanks to a Luis Suarez brace and Daniel Agger header inside 27 minutes.
Redknapp admits QPR were “run ragged” at Loftus Road but, despite that and his team’s predicament, is confident he can turn things around.
“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.”
Redknapp promised not to “give up” on his side, although accepts they deserved to lose.
Redknapp needs reinforcements in January if QPR are to beat the drop, but was coy when asked about new faces.
“I’m not sure, really,” he said. “We’ll see. If we can find the right players, get one or two in to make the difference.
“We need to get Bobby Zamora fit to give us a target up there. He could make a difference.”