QPR manager Harry Redknapp backs Chris Samba to bounce back
QPR manager Harry Redknapp issues his backing for under-fire Hoops defender Chris Samba ahead of their must-win Wigan clash
Harry Redknapp has come out in defence of Chris Samba after a week to forget for the Queens Park Rangers centre-half.
Samba, 29, endured a terrible evening in the Hoops’ latest loss away to Fulham on Monday, giving away a penalty before being dispossessed on the edge of his box to allow Dimitar Berbatov in to score his second goal.
And although Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy both netted to give QPR a fighting chance of getting something from the game, they went on to lose 3-2.
With QPR playing Wigan on Sunday, Redknapp is desperate for three points to lift his beleaguered squad – and believes Samba will return to form sooner rather than later.
He said: “In my opinion he is a top player – he is not the first player to make a mistake.
“He had a bad night and he knows it but he will be back.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager cited Samba’s performance in the victory away to Southampton last month as an example of his talents, saying it was the “best performance” he had seen in years from a defender.
However, Redknapp went on to criticise Samba’s use of social networking website Twitter – where the former Blackburn player has been castigated for his poor showing versus Fulham, leading to him to publicly react.
“If you are on Twitter then you have to be open to criticism,” Redknapp added.
“The world is full of nutters who are going to send you messages slagging you off. They are not all going to come and say you’re fantastic.”