SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams refused to concede defeat in the battle for Championship survival despite watching QPR leave his team seven points adrift of safety towards the bottom of the table.
Two goals from Wayne Routledge either side of Alejandro Faurlin’s audacious strike left Neil Warnock’s leaders on the brink of Premier League promotion and edged the visitors another step closer to relegation.
United return to action when fellow strugglers Middlesbrough visit Bramall Lane on Saturday before Cardiff City make the trek north 72 hours later.
Adams said: “We’ve got an awful lot to do to make that gap up but we can do it. I’m not going to give up. We’ve got a home game coming up at the weekend and then another one after that.
“They are going to be massive games for us. I’ve never made any secret of the fact that what we do at our place is going to be crucial - we really do want to take six points.”
Warnock, who led United to the top fligh in 2006, admitted: “It’s disappointing to see my old club down there but it’s dog eat dog in this business.
“I had a word with a few of the boys I know afterwards and wished them all the best. I want to see them survive.”
Adams described QPR as “champions elect” and said: “We were outdone by a good side, don’t get me wrong - but we have got a soft under-belly away from home.
“We’ve been a soft touch for a while now. All three goals were preventable with better decision-making.