Football League Daily – Warnock prepared to battle for every point, Penniless Plymouth docked 10 points

Despite seeing his side held to a draw on Saturday by bottom club Preston, Q.P.R manager Neil Warnock revealed that he saw the result as a point gained rather than two lost. The former Sheffield United and Crystal Palace boss said: “There are no easy games – look at Forest losing against Scunthorpe the other night – that’s the kind of league it is. We’ll keep ticking along though, that’s 14 games to go now. From now on it’s going to be a grind.”

If Q.P.R are to achieve automatic promotion, then it will come largely as a result of the points that they have battled out; 13 of their 32 matches have ended in stalemate. One could criticise Warnock’s team for failing to turn these draws into victories, yet one could equally praise them for avoiding defeat with such regularity – they have emerged empty-handed from just three games this campaign. With third-placed Swansea now just five points behind the league leaders, Warnock will know that it is more important than ever to keep grinding out results.

A confident Barry Nicholson, whose strike denied Q.P.R at the weekend, believes that Preston have the capability to avoid relegation to League One. Phil Brown’s side – the longest serving members of the Championship – are eleven points adrift of safety, yet a defiant Nicholson believes that Brown has instilled a new sense of belief in the North End players. “We definitely believe we can get out of this situation,” he said. “When one win comes we will quickly get two or three. Since Phil Brown came in as manager we are better organised.”

Brown has, however, yet to guide his new charges to victory. They may have achieved creditable points against both Watford and the league leaders Q.P.R, but Brown knows that his team have to somehow put together an almost immediate winning streak if they make up those eleven points and slingshot themselves out of trouble.

Plymouth Argyle yesterday confirmed that they are calling upon the services of an administrator, and – with it – accepted the obligatory 10 point penalty enforced by the league. This sanction sees the Pilgrims drop to the foot of League One, 10 points adrift of safety. Players and staff have not been paid since January, yet the ever-defiant Peter Reid has refused to accept that his side are now destined for the drop. “We are going to have to produce Championship form to stay up,” said the former England star. “It’s going to be a battle, I don’t mind a battle. There are people worse off than us, we have to get on with it.” Plymouth will attempt to commence their great escape when they travel to leaders Brighton on Tuesday night – they will certainly need to display ‘Championship form’ if they have any hope of besting the Champions elect.

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