A clearly delighted Chris Ramsey hailed his Queens Park Rangers’ players and felt that they had given him the perfect leaving present, if their 2-0 win at Sunderland is to be his last game in temporary charge of the club. Pre-match rumours circulated around Rangers’ owner Tony Fernandes commenting on Twitter that he had found his “dream manager” but Ramsey was happy to focus on the win on Wearside.
The win over the Black Cats was Rangers first away win of the season and they achieved it thanks to goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora. That all meant that Ramsey had succeeded where former manager Harry Redknapp had failed but he deflected all credit on to his players, feeling they should take the credit.
“It is some way to go out and it was important for us that we stay close to the teams around us. Whoever does come in can focus on building up that points tally. I am sure it’s not just down to my magic wand, the players have to take the credit tonight and if you look at the players we have, we made six changes and they all did well. I wouldn’t say it’s any fantastic or magic that I did, it’s really down to the players.”
Michael Laudrup was the latest name to be thrown into the ring for the vacant managerial position at Loftus Road but Ramsey insisted it was business as usual for him and his players over the coming days.
“I haven’t been given a brief and we were aware of speculation before the game but what we tried to do was focus on the job in hand. We were successful in that assignment tonight. All I am doing is trying to prepare the squad for the next game, which is Hull away. Until I am told otherwise, I will continue to do that”
Whilst Ramsey was a happy man as he exited the Stadium of Light, the same could not be said of his Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet. The Uruguayan seemed to suggest that his side’s performance was down to trying to appease an increasingly agitated home support, rather than sticking to a game plan that he has set them.
The Black Cats created little of note as they looked to muster a second half comeback but they were frustrated by an organised Rangers side, leaving Poyet to rue his side’s attitude describing it as “typical us”
“I have been in Sunderland for a while, so I can expect anything. The first twenty minutes, you can not start like that at home. We had two great chances and they were better than the chances QPR scored from. It was typical us”
That comment prompted Poyet to suggest that his players did not play the way he wanted during the second period and seemed to suggest that they were playing the way the Black Cats’ supporters wanted them to play.
“I’m honest and I am telling you the second half was what people wanted and what they ask of the team. If we do that they need to be a little prouder of the team. That was crazy in the second half and it doesn’t give you the points. That way of playing football doesn’t always get you points and the players were brave to give the supporters what they want”
Poyet was also left to rue his side’s inability to build upon a good run of form after losing a four game unbeaten run with the defeat against Rangers. The result dragged Sunderland closer to the relegation players and the frustration this caused the former Brighton and Hove Albion manager was all too evident.
“When we are in a good situation, we take a step back. It happens too many times, it happened last year and it’s happened against this year. If I knew what to do next time I would change it but nobody knows. I keep looking and I keep trying to find the answer, the players keep trying.
It’s time to change, we need to sit down and reflected. We need to listen and learn and maybe then we can make a big step forward. I want to be the one to change things but I cannot see it happening in a short period of time.”