Ramage up for the scrap

QPR defender ready for relegation fight

Ramage: Relegation scrap

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Queens Park Rangers defender Peter Ramage insists the Loftus Road club have what it takes to scrap their way out of trouble.

The Rs, who have appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager, sit just two places and three points above the drop zone after just one win in their last nine games.

Former Newcastle full-back Ramage believes they are up to the challenge that lies ahead of them as they battle to steer clear from relegation.

"At one stage we were only a point off the bottom three, so if we'd lost again and results had gone against us we could be sitting in the relegation zone," he told skysports.com.

"It has always played on our mind and it has been a bit of a fear factor for us because after every defeat we've been getting closer and closer to that bottom three.

"We are still in trouble so we need to keep clawing our way out of that region in the next few weeks."

Two Barry Robson penalties condemned QPR to another defeat last weekend at Middlesbrough and the 26-year-old is eager to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome promotion-chasing West Brom to Loftus Road for Warnock's first game at the helm.

He added: "Our home form has been pretty poor this season, which is probably why we are struggling so badly because usually our form at Loftus Road is pretty strong.

"However, we have two home games coming up, against West Brom and Plymouth, so a couple of wins from them will make both our home form and our league position look a lot healthier."