JAY Bothroyd has revealed the nightmare coach journeys in the Championship are driving him on to help QPR beat the drop.
Rangers' chances of Premier League survival are hanging by a thread, with Harry Redknapp's side seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining heading into Saturday's trip to Everton.
While the Rs travel to most top-flight away games by train or plane, life down the ladder is not so glamorous.
And Bothroyd, who could return to the side at Goodison Park in place of the suspended Bobby Zamora, says a tortuous seven-hour slog on a coach to Ipswich during his time at Cardiff City is added motivation to stay up.
He told the Chronicle : "We're fortunate enough in the Premier League to get trains and planes everywhere. It's not good preparation to be stuck sitting on a coach for hours.
"You want to get to your destination asap so you can put your feet up and relax before a game.
"Travelling in the Championship was a killer. At Cardiff, we would get the coach everywhere, so apart from Bristol City, every away game would be a minimum of two hours either way.
"The worst journey was to Ipswich. We got caught in heavy traffic on the motorway and it ended up taking us seven hours, which wasn't ideal preparation.
"We did get the plane once, to Preston, but we got thumped 6-0 so that never happened again!"
Meanwhile, Bothroyd admits Rangers will find it tough to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt if they lose their fight for Premier League survival due to a gruelling fixture list in the Championship.
He added: "You have to play so many games in the Championship – eight more than we're playing at the moment – there's a lot of Saturday-Tuesdays.
"It's difficult to sustain form because you're constantly recovering from games rather than having time to work on things in training.
"It's probably the most difficult league to play in because there are no easy games, everyone beats everyone. It's all about hitting form at the right time.
"But the Premier League is where you want to be. It's the best league in the world and I've been fortunate enough to play here for a lot of my career."
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