Everton 2 QPR 0: Redknapp refuses to concede defeat in relegation battle
Everton 2 QPR 0: Harry Redknapp won't give up hope of survival despite Hoops being seven points from safety with five games left
Harry Redknapp refused to give up on Queens Park Rangers’ hopes of Premier League survival after Everton heaped further misery on the Hoops with a comfortable win at Goodison Park.
QPR came close to opening the scoring as Junior Hoilett and Loic Remy looked to test Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard before Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson netted in the 40th minute, helped by a deflection off Clint Hill.
The Toffees were much-improved in the second half, and Victor Anichebe flicked a corner past QPR’s Júlio Cesar to condemn the west London side to a third defeat in four games, leaving Redknapp’s men eight points from safety with five games remaining.
“It is another blow. Goodison is always a difficult place to come but at half time I thought we were unfortunate to be 1-0 down. The goal was a massive deflection and we came in at half-time feeling sorry for ourselves,” Redknapp told BBC Sport.
“You have to keep going. We can’t suddenly feel sorry for ourselves – but we started sloppy and became undisciplined, got yellow cards and started kicking the ball away. We didn’t do ourselves any favours.”
He added: “I can’t stand there and go no [we can’t do it], if it’s a no I may as well go on holiday now. We have to believe.
“We have to beat Stoke, we have to beat Reading, then Newcastle and Arsenal. I know it’s tough but while you’ve got a chance you have to keep going.”