QPR boss Ainsworth remains confident of Championship safety despite Birmingham defeat but admits Wigan clash ahead

QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth believes the players returning from injury will help boost their chances of Championship safety but admits they have to beat bottom-ranked Wigan Athletic after the international break.

West Londoners lost 1-0 to Birmingham at Loftus Road on Saturday, Tahith Chong’s third-minute goal making the difference.

QPR sit 19th in the Championship, six points clear of the last three, but have won just one of their previous five outings under former Wycombe boss Ainsworth.

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“We have eight cup finals to play, and we need to win a couple of them. I think we can do that.

“In the next two weeks, with all the injuries coming back, I think that will boost the team and morale will go up.

“I have returning players who haven’t played for months and haven’t been on this kind of decline, so they’re pretty fresh and mentally good.

“Hopefully we catch them up and be strong against Wigan, which is a game we really need to win.

“I hope the likes of Kenneth Paal, Ethan Laird, Leon Balogun, Ilias Chair, Chris Willock and Jake Clarke-Salter return; we’ve got some big names in the treatment room. Once they come back, we’ll see a different side out there.”


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