Redknapp frustrated by costly mistakes as QPR edge closer to relegation


The team lost 3-2 in a thrilling match at Craven Cottage.


By Pete Thompson

Harry Redknapp has blamed scandalous defending after QPR’s loss to Fulham on Monday dealt their hopes of avoiding relegation a huge blow.

Centre-back Christopher Samba was at fault twice as Fulham took a 2-0 lead before a Clint Hill own goal compounded Redknapp’s frustration.

And despite Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy, who also missed a penalty, reducing the deficit, Rangers slumped to a second straight 3-2 defeat.

“We gave away the worst three goals you will ever see. A penalty, then giving away the ball and an own-goal. Scandalous,” said Redknapp, who set a target of five wins for survival before the game.

“I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes. Samba put himself up front and then we started launching balls up, and that is not how we play.

“We came back in the second half and absolutely battered them.

“When it went to 3-2 I could only see one winner, I wouldn’t have even taken a draw at that point.”

With just seven games remaining Rangers sit 19th in the Premier League table, seven points from safety, on 23 points.

But Redknapp insists his side will continue to fight to beat the drop although he admitted the task was becoming more difficult by the week.

“We’re not giving up. We’ve got to beat Wigan on Sunday now. We’ve got to keep going.

“We have to win four and draw two. That’s where we are now but it is getting harder.”

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