Fulham 3 QPR 2: We lost our composure late on, admits Redknapp
Fulham 3 QPR 2: Harry Redknapp blasted his Hoops side for losing their composure late on after Cottagers cling on to seal victory
Harry Redknapp admitted his frustration at Queens Park Rangers’ inability to capitalise on their man advantage after Fulham clung on to win a thrilling west London derby.
After falling three goals behind inside 41 minutes at Craven Cottage thanks to Dimitar Berbatov’s brace and Clint Hill’s own goal, the Hoops battled back to make it 3-2 through Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy.
Fulham were then reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute when Steve Sidwell was given his marching orders for a dangerous lunge on Armand Traore.
But Redknapp felt his side lost their composure in the final 10 minutes as they searched for an equaliser.
“I was disappointed that in the last 10 minutes, when they went down to 10 men, we suddenly stopped passing the ball and started kicking it up to [Christopher] Samba,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He suddenly pushed himself up front and we started lumping balls up to him. That’s not how we play. We opened them up because we passed and we moved the ball.
“When you get the extra man, you’ve got to make use of it. It’s no good sticking another man in the middle, having three strikers up front and trying to hit them in the air all day – that’s not how we play.
“You’ve got to make sure that you keep passing the ball, work your openings and be patient with the ball until the right opportunities come – and we didn’t do that in the last 10 minutes.”
The defeat leaves QPR second from bottom in the Premier League table and seven points from safety with seven games left to play.
And Redknapp admits the Hoops will have to beat fellow strugglers Wigan next weekend to have any hope of staying in the top flight.
“We’re not giving up,” he added. “We’ve got to beat Wigan. That’s where we’re at now, we’ve got to keep going. We need another 14 points from seven games. We’ve got to make sure that we try to do that.
“It’s getting harder but we should never have been beaten at Villa and we shouldn’t have been beaten today.”