QPR 1 Wigan 1: It was the cruellest end to a match – Harry Redknapp
QPR 1 Wigan 1: Harry Redknapp says Shaun Maloney's last-minute leveller was the cruellest end to any match in his career
Harry Redknapp described Shaun Maloney’s late equaliser for Wigan Athletic as the “cruellest” end to any match in his career after Queens Park Rangers were denied a vital win.
Despite Bobby Zamora’s first-half red card for a high tackle on Jordi Gomez, the Hoops impressed and dominated much of the relegation clash at Loftus Road.
Loic Remy, who arrived in a £8m deal from Marseille in January, appeared to have netted a sensational 85th-minute winner for QPR after a devastating counter-attack.
However, Stephane Mbia conceded a stoppage-time free-kick on the edge of QPR’s area and Maloney lifted his effort over the Hoops wall and past Julio Cesar.
“If we won today it would have given us a lift to go on a run and stay up. Today was an excellent performance from the players, to play as we did with 10 men. I felt we deserved three points and it was so cruel,” Redknapp told BBC Sport.
“You cannot give free-kicks away. As hard as you are trying to hang on for the last 20 seconds you can’t give free-kicks away like that. We should have run the ball down into the corner and played down the clock.”
He added: “I need people to lift me tonight, I don’t know about [the players]. I need lifting, that is how I feel. That was the cruellest last kick of the ball I have been involved in in football.”
The draw puts Wigan level on points with 17th-placed Sunderland, while QPR are seven points behind the Latics with six games remaining.