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Queens Park Rangers winger Andros Townsend says the players are relishing the battle to avoid the drop after coming from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 at Loftus Road.

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Townsend, on loan at QPR from Tottenham Hotspur from the remainder of the season, was one of the stars of the show against Sunderland and scored with a fine, dipping effort to give his side the lead.

Aston Villa's win at Reading means Rangers remain four points adrift of safety and face a massive six-pointer at Villa Park on Saturday which will go a long way to mapping out the rest of the season for both sides.

"I don't think we won in my first three games here, but our heads didn't drop because we knew how good we are as a team in terms of the players we've got,'' Townsend said. "We knew once we got that first win we could go on a run. We've got two wins now and hopefully we can carry on doing that.

"We've got massive six-pointers and that is why our heads didn't go down. We keep saying each game is a massive game and that it is a must-win but as a team we are relishing that. We know we can't drop points now and we're relishing that. You could see that against Sunderland and last week.

"If you look at the team we put out, we had two out-and-out wingers and two strikers so we were going for it. Junior (Hoilett) on the left was unbelievable in the first half - he tore the right-back to pieces.

"We came in at half-time and the manager was saying that was the best we had played in the first half and to take it into the second. It didn't quite work out that way. It was a bit up in the air, we couldn't get the ball down and play but the goal kind of settled us down and got us on the way to the win.''

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