Aug 31 2012 By Paul Warburton
QPR’s Jamie Mackie admits he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry during the final seconds at Manchester City back in May.
The winger knew what his team-mates did not – that Rangers were safe from the drop even though they were about to lose 3-2 to City in the vital last game.
And while 10 in hoops were beating the ground in anguish 13, Mackie (pic) was the only Ranger on the pitch quietly celebrating.
He explained: “ We were gutted we didn’t hold City after leading 2-1.
“But I was on the right wing, and near me our bench suddenly went mental.
“We didn’t get the job done – but Stoke did us a favour and we got lucky, and yeah it was weird when you lose and you’re celebrating.”
The two meet again at The Etihad this evening for the first time since that nail-biter.
And although Rangers have added a stellar cast that will number nine by the next time Rangers step out, Mackie has warned it will take time for the squad to gel before they are spared another struggle that led to the scenes at City last time.
He added: “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to be a quick fix and we become a Champions League side - but the expectations are higher at the club than they ever were.”