Derry - Concentrate on ourselves
QPR can still beat the drop if results go their way
Last Updated: April 18, 2012 10:49am
Shaun Derry: The QPR man believes his side can still avoid diving into the Championship
Shaun Derry called on his QPR team mates to mind their own business and not worry about anyone else's in their bid to beat the drop.
Fellow strugglers Wigan leapfrogged the London side following their shock win over Arsenal on Monday night.
But with his team sitting two points above the drop zone, albeit having played more games than Bolton immediately below them, Derry believes QPR are still the masters of their own destiny.
"Monday night just goes to show that you've got no say in any other teams' performances or results," he told the club's official website.
"I don't think anyone would have foreseen that result - especially with Arsenal playing at home.
"But I suppose every time you get to the last four or five games of a season, random results get thrown your way and it is how you handle them.
"I don't think this season has gone to plan for many clubs. The sides towards the bottom of the table this year have probably surprised themselves that they've not performed as well as they could, and should, have done."
QPR face arguably the toughest run of final games this season of any of the teams threatened with relegation.
They face testing trips to Chelsea and Manchester City either side of a home game against Stoke.
But first up is the visit of high-flying Tottenham eager to bounce back from their semi-final hammering at the hands of Chelsea.
"They've been fantastic for the majority of this season," the 34-year-old continued. "It's only the last four or five weeks where their levels have perhaps dropped a little bit.
"When that happens, you know that there will eventually be an upturn in results and performances. We hope that doesn't come against us on Saturday. We've got to be at the top of our game.
"We're no different to four or five other teams. We know what's in front of us and we know the teams that we've got to play.
"They're very hard teams but we've proved in the past that we can play against these top sides.
"It's up to us now to put in a strong performance against Tottenham.
"You've got to have an engrained belief. It's pointless going out there if you don't believe that you can achieve something.
"I know what's in this dressing room and I know what we're capable of doing. Belief is going to play a major part but we've got to show that belief."