JAMIE Mackie reckons it won’t be a wages drop that makes him burst a vein for QPR – it’s the thought of playing for Exeter City again – or any other side in the Conference.
The super sub came on to net a magnificent 91 st -minute winner against Liverpool on Wednesday night and restore hope Hoops can sidestep the Premier League trapdoor.
Mackie knows all about hand-to-mouth football and admitted the experience has made him desperate to carry on playing in the top flight.
He said: “Some players are motivated by financial gain, some by other things. My motivation is that I was playing in the Conference four years ago. That’s what makes me work harder.”
The Grecians had stumbled into non-league when Mackie was making his way in the south-west while Liverpool were Champions League semi-finalists.
And even though the 3-2 win is the stuff of fairy tales, the striker insists a bad defeat at Sunderland tomorrow (Saturday) will put a dampener on the week.
He added: “This win might not mean so much if we lose at Sunderland. We’ve got to regroup and keep level-headed, but we’ve got a lot of talent at the club but a little confidence goes along way.”