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It was, according to manager Harry Redknapp, a "good day" for Queens Park Rangers (per BBC Sport). As the good days keep coming, it's bad news for QPR's relegation rivals.
QPR on Saturday came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Sunderland at Loftus Road. As heartfelt celebrations unfolded after the final whistle, one hardly needed any help in working out how important the victory was for QPR's springtime renewal efforts.
Steven Fletcher put Sunderland ahead in the 20th minute, and for 10 minutes the nerves began building once again. So often this season, QPR have hinted at progress only to fall behind the pack once again.
This time, though, new signing Loic Remy equalized in the 30th minute and Andros Townsend scored the 70th-minute winner before Jermaine Jenas sealed victory with QPR's third in the closing stages. And this time, QPR were fully worth the points.
It was a second consecutive victory for Redknapp and Rangers, who before the last two weeks had won just twice all season. Crucially, both of the recent wins have come against teams near the relegation zone.
QPR still prop up the table, but this latest victory brings with it the sense that the club's fortunes are finally turning.
"It's on now. We've given ourselves a chance," said Redknapp (via The Guardian). "Even teams on 30 points could get sucked in. You can easily go nine or 10 games without a win so anyone can go on a bad run."
From the season's first kickoff, QPR have always had too much talent to be in such trouble. Maybe now Redknapp will be able to guide them—finally—away from the drop zone.
Then again, the safety is still four points away.