Rob Green: QPR have to put in 100% for Premier League survival

Rob Green

Rob Green has admitted that Queens Park Rangers will have to put in 100% for every match if they want to retain their Premier League status.

The former England goalkeeper has finally found stability at Loftus Road, having secured the number one shirt for himself ahead of recently departed Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar.

Cesar stood in goal as the Hoops attempted to fight off relegation from the top flight in 2013, but with the arrival of Harry Redknapp, Green was once again appointed as first-choice stopper. The club still succumbed to their inevitable relegation, but Green was ever present as the West London club fought through the Championship season to regain their Premier League status with a memorable injury time victory over Derby County in the Play-Off Final.

Their return to the top flight has not gone smoothly, with two losses in their opening two games of the season, but a 1-0 victory over Sunderland brightened moods before the international break - and the club are prepared to face Manchester United this weekend.

Having been part of the squad who were relegated in two seasons ago, Green is well aware what the club may be faced with this season, but the 34-year old revealed to the Metro that QPR have changed for the better since those dark times.

He said: "It’s a completely different club – we’ve learnt from a couple of years ago. Relegation was traumatic in terms of causing a lot of change.

"This summer we also lost a lot of players, due to contracts being up and loanees returning to their clubs, but we feel we have a good group that did the job in the Championship and can transfer that into the Premier League.

"Last season was a big step back for the club and it took a lot of hard work to come back and win promotion. So, for me, it is all the more reason to enjoy this season.”

Despite all the positivity surrounding the club after their dramatic Play-Off win, Green is well aware that fear of relegation will weigh heavily upon the players - especially after their poor start to the season.

"It [relegation] will be fresh in the minds of the players that were here, and obviously those at the club and the fans.

"The Spurs game served as a little reminder we’re not a team who can turn up and not put 100 per cent in.

"We’re in the third tier of the Premier League I suppose. If we’re not at it for games we’ll be found out. In the space of three games we have found out what the Premier League is all about.”

Green’s admittance that the club are in the ‘third their’ of the Premier League offers little in the way of instant success in the top flight. However, if the club can retain their Premier League status, the new stability around the club could be the perfect platform to build on to pave a way to higher achievements.

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