BBC pundit: QPR would be safely in mid-table on these two conditions

Inside Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers remain in the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss at home Chelsea.

Former Charlton Athletic star Paul Mortimer says that if Queens Park Rangers had shown similar hardworking qualities during Harry Redknapp’s reign, then they would be safely in mid-table by now, the BBC report.

The Hoops remain in the relegation zone following their narrow 1-0 defeat at home to West London rivals Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas scoring the only goal of the game with a late winner.

The result was harsh on the hosts as Chris Ramsey’s men pushed the Blues hard and demonstrated a top work ethic, with each player pulling his weight for the caretaker boss.

There is quality within that QPR squad, though according to former boss Redknapp – as per the BBC – much of their season struggles has been as a result of a player divide and lack of heart.

However, at Loftus Road on Sunday in contrast there was plenty of spirit on show, prompting Mortimer to suggest with Redknapp still in charge and showing a similar passion they would be in mid-table by now.

"It's been a great half for QPR, they've worked really hard. I bet Harry Redknapp will be thinking why they couldn't produce performances like this every week when he was in charge. If they'd have done that they would be in mid-table now,” the former Charlton midfielder told the BBC.

Redknapp resigned from his managerial post at Loftus Road days after the January transfer window had shut, with many observers suggesting it was due to a lack of signings.

Since then, QPR have remained in the bottom three though recent results against West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa have given the club a lift going in to the season-end.

With just five games remaining, the Hoops need wins on the board and they will be targeting maximum points against West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester City on the final day.

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