Don’t stop believing! Harry Redknapp won’t allow QPR to give up fight
QPR manager Harry Redknapp insists he will not stop believing that the Hoops can still secure their Premier League status
Harry Redknapp insists he will not stop believing that Queens Park Rangers can safeguard their Premier League status for another season.
The Hoops face a potentially decisive clash against fellow relegation rivals Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on Sunday, with Redknapp’s men seven points behind the 17th-placed Latics.
QPR slumped to a 3-2 loss to Fulham on Monday night, extending their losing run to two games and leaving the west London side with an increasingly difficult task to climb to safety.
But the 66-year-old is refusing to lose faith in his side’s ability to battle their way out of the bottom three with seven games remaining.
“When I stop believing, the players will stop believing,” Redknapp said.
“If I send out the wrong message, they’ll down tools as well. I don’t feel we’ve had it.
“I still believe we can pull it off – not a miracle, winning football matches isn’t a miracle – but we need to win some games.
“I couldn’t tell you the pleasure it would give me, it would be fantastic.”
Redknapp is also taking heart from QPR’s much-improved goal record in recent months since Jermaine Jenas, Loic Remy and Andros Townsend arrived at the west London outfit.
“When I came in we had to shut up and stop people from scoring,” he added.
“That’s how we had to play because of the players I had. I’m not being disrespectful to the people who were here before, but we didn’t have strikers.
“You had Bobby Zamora out injured and Andy Johnson injured. If they hadn’t got injured, Mark
Hughes would be managing the club because those two would have scored goals.
“Our leading goal-scorer has scored four or five goals. Remy has four and he’s only played about six games.
“We’ve been short on strikers [but] now we’re looking like we can score.”