Djibril Cisse confident of QPR survival

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Cisse glad to be back in England

Queens Park Rangers' new striker Djibril Cisse is sure the club will avoid relegation after he scored on his debut in the draw against Aston Villa.

Cisse, who joined signed for the Hoops on Tuesday, took 12 minutes to get off the mark as Villa recovered to tie 2-2.

QPR are three points above the drop zone, but Cisse said the quality at the club means they would survive.

"I have absolutely no doubt that we can stay in the Premier League. I don't want to hear that word [relegation]."

He added: "We are a new team in the Premier League so it's understandable that we make a few mistakes sometimes, but to get a point is a good performance."

Cisse, 30, joined Mark Hughes's side for a reported £4m on transfer deadline day from Lazio.

And along with former Fulham forward Bobby Zamora, who signed for Rangers on the same day, and the capture of Taye Taiwo and Nedum Onuoha, it has been a busy January at Loftus Road.

Like Cisse, Taiwo and Onuoha were both making their first appearances for Rangers, as a Stephen Warnock own goal put the visitors 2-0 up at Villa Park before Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia were on target for the home side.

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Mark Hughes pleased with Djibril Cisse impact

The Frenchman has now scored on his debuts for Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR.

And he said it was important to sign for a team with a manager who, as a former Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea forward, knew the kind of pressures he is under.

"I'm really happy and really satisfied to score," Cisse told BBC Sport. "The goal wasn't easy because the angle was tight, but it's the kind of goal I like to put in.

"It's important to have a coach who knows what the players feel and think, and it's even better when he knows what's in your head because he used to be in the same position as you. I'm very happy to work with him."

Hughes was pleased with the performance of his new striker, who has yet to train with his new team-mates.

And the Welsh manager said he was looking forward to Cisse getting acquainted with them.

"We're delighted that he has such an instant impact so early in his QPR career," Hughes said. "You saw his quality tonight in tight areas, where he was able to use his pace and power and that will be effective for us during the course of the season."

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