Park: QPR can still survive
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:03:00
St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is relieved to be preparing for the Scottish Communities League Cup final following a prolonged build-up.
The Buddies beat Celtic 3-2 in the semi-final in January and will face Hearts on their return to Hampden on Sunday.
Lennon's side followed their success over Celtic with consecutive victories, but have only won one game in seven since then.
And, as the St Mirren squad embark on a training break in St Andrews, Lennon is happy at last to have his charges concentrate on the first domestic final of the season.
"It's been a difficult challenge for the players to focus, more so in the last couple of weeks, and I totally understand that," Lennon said.
"So, no more distractions. They can totally focus on it, we can start to talk about it, we can build the game up and enjoy the week.
"And we will make sure there is no stone unturned in our preparation to do our best to bring this piece of silverware home.
"That's the point of going away early in the week. We will do a lot of our work in the next two or three days and at the tail end of the week we will get back to normality as quickly as possible."
The 39-year-old, recently released by Walsall after spending most of his 20-year playing career with the midlands club, has been handed an initial contract by Posh until the end of the season.
Walker made over 450 appearances for Walsall and played in 15 games for West Ham during a five-year stint at Upton Park.
After a host of high-profile summer arrivals, few could have predicted the miserable campaign the west Londoners would endure.
QPR looked destined for relegation after winning just twice in 27 league games, but back-to-back victories over Southampton and Sunderland have brought with them a new confidence.
Next up is a trip to fellow strugglers Aston Villa and former Manchester United midfielder Park believes the bottom-placed side can continue their forward momentum.
"There is four points difference now and we all know that the upcoming matches are really important," the South Korean told the club's official website.
"Our performances in the last two matches have been good, so we have a good chance of getting out of it.
"The other players believe that as well and now we need to keep this momentum going until the end of the season.
"I'm not putting too much emphasis on winning twice in a row. We're very satisfied that we are getting better and now we need to prepare for the next match. We need to keep winning and to get out of the relegation zone.
"The mood in the changing room after winning and losing is totally different. I can see more players laughing after winning a match, and it will have a positive effect in the next match."