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Bothroyd happy with R's return

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd believes he could yet have a future at Loftus Road after he earned them an FA Cup replay win at West Brom.

Bothroyd was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday by Mark Hughes at the start of the season but returned to Loftus Road two weeks ago and marked his comeback with the only goal in Tuesday night's 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns.

"I am really happy. It was my first start after coming back and I was happy with my performance," the 30-year-old said.

"I was surprised to get a start but I have been working hard in training. My mentality has always been when I get an opportunity to do well.

"Everyone knows Harry (Redknapp, new QPR manager) is a very honest man and very fair. He hasn't closed the door on anyone.

"He said to me 'Keep your head down work hard, everyone knows you have the ability, you have to show it'. That was the opportunity I wanted, that's all you can hope for in football.

"I want to be here and stay with QPR. I want to help the club. I'm determined to be here, work hard for my spot.

"Since I have been back, it is clear everyone has an opportunity and it is a clean slate. If you can impress the manager, he will give you an opportunity."

Tuesday night's win followed on from a 1-0 victory at Chelsea and a goalless draw with Spurs, and Redknapp says he cannot fault the approach of the players since his arrival.

"It is now three clean sheets on the spin now which is encouraging, with the win at Chelsea and the draw at Tottenham and now the cup win," Redknapp said.

"At least we are picking up some good results and some clean sheets. We are getting the best out of the players at the moment.

"There are certain parts of the team that can improve in terms of aspects of our play but it is not easy.

"We are getting the best out of what we have and they have been as good as gold. I can't fault the effort they are putting in."