JAMIE Mackie admits he knew QPR were safe – BEFORE Manchester City's dramatic winner on Sunday.
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage-time at the Blues came from behind to snatch victory and the Premier League title from under the noses of Manchester United.
However, with the scores locked at 2-2, Mackie received a message from the Rangers bench that Bolton had failed to beat Stoke, so the R's were up, whatever happens.
“They told me on the bench that we were safe,” said Mackie, who put 10-man QPR 2-1 up. “Before the game and before the start of the season that was our main aim.
“I’m a bit gutted that we didn’t spoil the party because I really did feel that we deserved a point. We had out backs against the wall.
“I know it sounds stupid that I think we could have got something, however all that matters is us being in the Premier League.”
Mackie took his tally to eight for the season at the Etihad, and admits he broke into tears when his header hit the back of the net in front of more than three thousand Rangers fans.
He added: “I think I cried when I scored! It was the most emotional game I’ve played in, in means so much for me.
“Traore’s got great pace, and I knew as soon as he had the touch that he was going to deliver the ball. He’s got good quality when he gets in those positions so I thought I’d gamble.
“You either buy a ticket and see what happens, or you stay on the halfway line and watch the cross go to the back stick.
“My nature, being a forward, I got up there. As soon as I get chances like that I’m very happy that I’m going to score goals.”
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