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Last Updated: Monday, 26 May, 2003, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Play-off pain strengthens Gallen
QPR's Kevin Gallen
Kevin Gallen had to play in midfield
Kevin Gallen has vowed to help QPR bounce back from their Second Division play-off final defeat by winning automatic promotion next year.

The Rangers striker and die-hard QPR fan was "devastated" to lose out in extra-time to a late winner from Cardiff substitute Andy Campbell at the Millennium Stadium.

He said: "This will make us stronger because we will remember this day. I will remember this day for the rest of my life.

"Every time we moan at the manager about running in training next season we will remember this and get our heads down and do it.

"We will start again and give it our best shot next season and I think we have got a great chance of automatic promotion."

Gallen has hit 14 goals for Rangers this season but he was forced to fill in for the suspended Richard Langley on the right of midfield in Cardiff.

He admitted he would have preferred to play in his more familiar position.

He said: "I have to do a job for the team but if anyone gave me the choice I would be straight up front.

"Langley was a bit unfortunate to get sent off in the semi-final against Oldham and I had to fill in that role.

"I thought I had done all right and I thought we had done enough to win. I feel so sorry for the supporters who came all this way - that's what is so heartbreaking."

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