Djibril Cisse confident QPR can clinch Premier League survival

QPR's Djibril Cisse and Joey Barton celebrate their side's win against Stoke
QPR's Djibril Cisse and Joey Barton celebrate their side's win against Stoke

Djibril Cisse says he is confident that Queens Park Rangers will preserve their Premier League status at title-chasing Manchester City on the final day.

Cisse's 89th-minute strike earned his side a vital 1-0 victory against Stoke and put Rangers clear of the relegation zone, two points above Bolton.

A point at the Etihad would guarantee survival, regardless of other results.

"I've always said we're going to stay up - I believe in the club and the players," the French striker said.

"We have a great manager and we're trying to build something really strong around the club.

"[Chairman] Tony Fernandes is really passionate and doing everything to build a big club and we have to stay up because it's a wonderful club.

"Next week is going to be a really stressful game but we know what we have to do and I look forward to next weekend."

Cisse was dropped to the bench for the crucial match against the Potters and saw his team-mates toil to make a breakthrough.

He was introduced as a second-half substitute before slotting in Anton Ferdinand's flicked header at the death to spark jubilant scenes at Loftus Road.

It was another twist in the 30-year-old's Rangers career since his move to west London in January from Italian side Lazio. He has either scored or been sent-off in each of his seven Premier League appearances for the Hoops.

"To be honest I've had a really strange five months with ups and downs and the job is not done," he admitted.

"I hope that it will end well. For now we're celebrating but we have another game."

Cisse's manager Mark Hughes has long insisted his team's home form would be the key to their survival and he hailed an impressive fifth successive win at Loftus Road.

"It wasn't our best performance in recent times. It was a little stop-start and scrappy, but we kept going.

"We still had the belief we could turn things around and knew we had to win today. I was delighted for everyone connected with QPR when the winning goal went in.

"If you want anybody in the box for the ball to drop to it's Djibril Cisse because he's an outstanding finisher. I think he made it look easy than it was."

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