Nelsen scores but Rangers still without win

MARTYN HERMAN
Last updated 08:00 09/12/2012
Ryan Nelsen
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NOT ENOUGH: Ryan Nelsen rises up for a header to score QPR's first goal, but it wasn't enough to secure them a win.

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Ryan Nelsen may have scored a rare goal but it wasn't enough to stop Queens Park Rangers from entering the Premier League record books after a 2-2 draw at Wigan Athletic meant they had failed to win any of their opening 16 matches.

The London club's start is now worse than that endured by Swindon Town in 1993-94 who were relegated after just one season in the top flight having conceded 100 goals.

Rangers, who escaped the drop in May before spending heavily on new players in the close season, are rooted to the bottom with seven points from 16 matches although they have shown an improvement since Harry Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes as manager, drawing their last three games.

The woeful start has left captain Nelsen bemused.

"Sixteen without a win - it's obviously not nice," said the New Zealander. "It's astonishing to tell you the truth.

"There's not been that many games where we have been out of it but that's the fine line of the Premier League. There's no excuses.

"We're confident we can get out of it. We feel if we can get one win then we will get two and we'll get going."

Redknapp has a reputation for turning struggling clubs around, once saving Portsmouth from the drop and then transforming Tottenham Hotspur into top-four contenders after taking over when they were bottom of the league.

Saving QPR, however, looks like being one of his toughest assignments as they are eight points adrift of fourth from bottom Wigan with a hectic Christmas schedule looming.

Goals from Nelson and Djibril Cisse turned the match on its head after James McCarthy had opened the scoring in the 19th minute for Wigan.

Then, just as the visiting fans were contemplating victory, McCarthy equalised with 16 minutes left.

"It's still all to play for because other teams are not winning," said Redknapp who has banned his Rangers squad's Christmas party.

"I've been in worse situations (at Portsmouth) and managed to get out of it. It's not impossible but it's going to be hard.

"I don't want to wait until the last 10 games to start winning. A win now would make all the difference."

QPR host west London neighbours Fulham next week before an away trip to Newcastle United and a Boxing day home fixture against West Bromwich Albion. 

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