QPR hopeful Hayden will be fit for Swansea game

QPR believe Issac Hayden will be available for Monday’s game at Swansea despite a couple of injury concerns.

The on-loan Newcastle midfielder has been nursing a shoulder problem and also picked up a knock before going off during the second half of the dramatic 2-1 win over Birmingham at Loftus Road.

Boss Marti Cifuentes said: “He’s been doing really well. He’s got a small shoulder issue and the medical team worked hard over the last 48 hours to make sure that he could play.

“Then he picked up a bit of a knock – a bad-position landing. And he got a yellow card and we didn’t want to take a risk.

“He showed big character to play that game with probably a lot of pain. Hopefully he’s going to be good, and the medical team told me that he should be ready.”

Cifuentes insisted Jimmy Dunne deserved his moment of glory after the defender’s sensational stoppage-time goal secured a crucial win in the battle to stay up.

Dunne’s stunning left-footed volley from near the edge of the penalty area took Rangers four points clear of the relegation zone.

The unlikely hero, usually a centre-back, lost his place in the team after some shaky performances and has more recently been deployed at right-back.

And Cifuentes declared: “He deserves everything. I’m very happy for him. He’s a quality, quality human being.

“He will enjoy this moment, but when things weren’t going his way and there were games he was not starting he was always first in training, supporting his team-mates and happy when the team won.

“Perhaps people tend to underrate him. In the Championship he has always played, with different managers, and there is a reason why.

“Sometimes players can think we take them out (of the team) because we don’t trust them. It’s not because of that, it’s just because there is a lot of competition.”

Dunne’s strike consigned Birmingham to defeat in their first match since Gary Rowett’s return to the club as interim boss.

Juninho Bacuna’s 62nd-minute goal put the Blues within sight of a first win in seven games, but Steve Cook equalised three minutes later and Dunne’s late cracker gave Rangers the points.

Cifuentes added: “It was massive and I think it was one of the biggest achievements since I arrived.

“The feeling was that we should have been leading, and then instead Birmingham scored a very good goal.

“It was very important to react immediately. To get the equaliser and be able to keep pushing, it was so important, this moment.

“But we need to be very careful. Today is a day to be very happy but the reality is that there are seven games left and we will need to pick up a lot more points. It’s going to be difficult until the end.”

After the leaving the pitch at the end of the game, Cifuentes and his players went back out to salute the home crowd again.

“I think it’s important to create this togetherness,” the Spaniard explained.

“We were very quick (to leave the pitch) and we have another game on Monday, but five minutes more won’t damage anyone and I think it’s important that players enjoy the atmosphere, which was amazing today once again.”

Rowett, meanwhile, took encouragement from Birmingham’s improved display despite the result.

“It was a cruel way to end what has been a really positive and productive week in terms of the work we’ve done. I thought some of it came out in the game,” he said.

“Some of the (negative) things that have been happening also happened in the game, but you’re not going to change that instantly.”

Blues are now without a win in seven matches and remain above third-from-bottom Huddersfield only on goal difference.

“When you score that goal away from home you then need a period of the game where the opposition feel a bit more desperate,” Rowett admitted.

“But they scored pretty much straightaway. Then we lost the game in the way that we did.”