The Andy Gray Column: Victory over Liverpool could be shot in the arm for QPR

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SCORING three goals in 13 minutes against Liverpool could be the shot in the arm that Queens Park Rangers needed to get themselves out of trouble.

Mark Hughes’ side have a horrendous run in and the writing was looking like it was on the wall for QPR with a whole host of tough games coming thick and fast.

But all of a sudden they get a couple of free headers and they are right back in the Premier League survival race.

And when momentum is on your side you have to ride it and that is exactly what QPR did and Jamie Mackie ended up getting what could be a crucial winner.

But while it was great for QPR it would have been frustrating for Hughes as exactly why his side can’t play like that for 90 minutes.

They need to play like that on a more regular basis and not just turn up for 15 minutes because let’s face it, Liverpool could have been over the hill and gone in that game.

Liverpool wasted too many opportunities, a problem they have had all season, and QPR made them pay the price but for Mark now it is all about seeing his side do that for longer than just quarter-of-an-hour.

The one bad thing to come out of that momentous victory was the reaction Joey Barton got when he was subbed off but if there is one thing we know about him is that he has thick skin.

He admitted that he didn’t have the best of games and he is very open on his Twitter account which is sometimes a dangerous game.

I think he ended up slagging off his own supporters which is never advisable. But he will have to deal with that and his future at the club is far from sorted.

Mark Hughes is the manager now and we will have to wait and see what happens in him looking to take the team forward, and the first part of that is staying in the Premier League.

At the other end, Tottenham’s patchy form has meant Chelsea have a genuine sniff at getting back in top four.

Spurs desperately need that victory to stop the rot after four without a win, and they have a very tough game against Chelsea on Saturday and that won’t be easy either.

If Roberto Di Matteo can guide the Blues to a win then they are only two points behind Spurs and with the shifts in momentum you have to think Chelsea will fancy their chances.

Their loss to Manchester City was probably deserved because Roberto Mancini’s side were better on the day but Chelsea pushed them all the way and it shows how far they’ve come in recent weeks.

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