Redknapp talks up QPR survival hopes
Soccer:QPR manager Harry Redknapp came out fighting after his side were beaten 3-0 at home by Liverpool, a result that sees the London club head into 2013 in big trouble and eight points from safety.
The veteran boss himself has criticised his players since taking over, particularly after the pre-Christmas loss to Newcastle, but tonight he had changed his tune.
“I still feel we’ll be okay, I think we will look to get one or two in, there are some good lads here anyway, I think it’s possible. It’s my belief we’ll be okay,” he said.
Redknapp had previously said he would not encourage owner Tony Fernandes to spend next month if his side remained in trouble, but tonight gave a nod to a change in policy, believing new players could make survival possible.
“It’s not easy getting players in at this stage at the bottom of the league, but if someone is up for the challenge, it’s a great chance,” he said.
“We need new faces and if we get the right players we can make a real effort. We have some hard games to come but there is a long way to go. You could have 10 games to go and need 20 points and it can be done.
“Don’t give up, we have to keep believing, keep going. Those that are with us are with us, those that aren’t, we’ll try and do something.”
The former Tottenham boss also stood by his players when asked if they had not tried against Liverpool.
Suarez went past QPR’s defenders at will and Liverpool should have had more than their three, but Redknapp would not condemn his men.
“It’s difficult,” he said. “It’s easy to sit there and say there’s no fight. It’s easy to say that. We got moved about by better players. Suarez... What can you do when he does that to Clint Hill?
“I think it’s easy to say it was a lack of effort. We started the season getting beat five by Swansea. You can only get the best out of what you’ve got.”