ROB Green insists the heartache of relegation with West Ham will spur him on to keep QPR in the Premier League.
The Rangers keeper suffered the devastating blow with the Hammers two years ago as they finished rock-bottom of the table after a nightmare run of seven defeats in their final eight games.
Green and the Irons bounced back from relegation at the first attempt before he quit Upton Park for Loftus Road last summer.
However, the 33-year-old has found himself embroiled in another dogfight, with the Rs seven points adrift of safety with just eight games to go.
And he is determined not to suffer the same fate this time around after the dark days under Avram Grant in east London.
He told the Chronicle : “It was frustrating, sad, but the writing was on the wall.
"As players you could go out and try to play, but you need guidance and someone to lead you. It was physically and emotionally draining.
“It was a tough time. It was left to four or five senior players to try and pull the team through, like myself, Scotty Parker and Matt Upson.
“In the end it wasn't enough to keep us up, but the situation was, in my opinion, avoidable.
“However, we have a focal point at QPR in Harry Redknapp.
“He knows what he wants from you and is not afraid to make decisions.
"Harry has that effect on players that other people don't. He brings out the best in players, instills confidence and belief.”
Green is hoping for a recall to the side for Easter Monday's west London derby with Fulham after missing the defeat at Aston Villa a fortnight ago through illness – a loss which leaves their survival hopes hanging by a thread.
But he hopes QPR can reproduce the kind of form shown during his first season at Upton Park in 2007 that saw them beat the drop on the final day of the season.
He added: “We won seven out of our last nine games to stay up, including at Old Trafford.
“It's not impossible. We were a young, inexperienced team, so I think we can take belief from that because we've got players who have been there and done it and know what it takes to survive.
“We need at least four wins, but we're also relying on other results. We have shown we're capable of winning games, at Chelsea and, more recently, against Southampton and Sunderland.
"We've got great potential to do it, but it's going to be tough."
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