Ainsworth defiant after QPR’s relegation worries worsen

Gareth Ainsworth insists he still believes the return of key players will keep QPR in the Championship.

A 1-0 defeat by bottom side Wigan left Rangers just three points above the relegation zone with seven matches of the season remaining.

Chris Willock finally returned to action and Ilias Chair came on as a second-half substitute, while there were also returns for Ethan Laird, Kenneth Paal and Leon Balogun.

Boss Ainsworth admitted his team are “seriously in a relegation scrap” but declared there was “no panic” and that he is convinced the likes of Willock and Chair will pull Rangers to safety.

Ainsworth said: “I think you saw what Chris and Ilias can give us. They give us composure on the ball, Chris can open a lock and Ilias carries you up the pitch and can deliver great crosses.

“I know they can both score goals and this will be crucial for us going forward

“There’s no panic in me. I know it’s going to come. I know these boys are good enough to win games in this division.

“I’m sure there’s a couple of wins in these next seven games, which I believe will keep us in the Championship.”