Thursday, January 03, 2013
''QPR WILL SURVIVE IN THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE'' COACH HARRY REDKNAPP
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp says his side's win over Chelsea showed they have what it takes to stay in the Premier League.
Rangers ended a three-game losing run with Wednesday's shock victory at Stamford Bridge, but remain bottom of the table, five points from safety
QPR had put up little resistance as they were well beaten by Liverpool at Loftus Road, conceding three goals in the first 30 minutes.
But they responded by producing a battling defensive performance to frustrate in-form Chelsea before snatching the points through a late Shaun Wright-Phillips winner.
The celebrations from Shaun Wright-Phillips were muted, just a simple nod of the head to acknowledge his outrageous winner.
The goal, struck 12 minutes from time by former Chelsea winger Wright-Phillips, was good. And then all hell broke loose.
It was pandemonium, bedlam at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea’s supporters looked at each other in disbelief.
This felt more like an FA Cup shock than QPR’s second Barclays Premier League victory of the season.
The Great Escape and all that is on for Harry Houdini. Cheesy? Yes, but who cares after this crazy result.
Anyone who watched QPR’s dismantling by Liverpool on Sunday at Loftus Road expected an avalanche last night.
Surely no Rangers fans would have complained if Brendan Rodgers’ side had rattled in 10 past Julio Cesar.
"The players worked their socks off and they got their rewards. We deserved it and it was a fantastic performance.
"We had a good meeting after the Liverpool match and I convinced the players we can stay up.
"Everybody else thought I was mad but I do genuinely believe it. We're not doomed, we can turn it around."
Things do not get any easier for QPR, who face Tottenham (home), West Ham (away) and Manchester City (home) in their next three League games.
But Redknapp hopes victory over their west London rivals, only his second win in eight games in charge of Rangers, will act as a springboard for their survival bid.