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Harry Redknapp urges QPR to maintain focus

Veteran boss says back-to-back wins over fellow relegation-threatened sides have given his squad a real chance of survival in the top flight

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 March, 2013, 4:02am

Harry Redknapp has warned Queens Park Rangers not to get ahead of themselves despite notching back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Having won 2-1 at Southampton the previous weekend, QPR came from behind to beat another relegation rival, Sunderland, at Loftus Road.

Steven Fletcher gave the visitors a 20th-minute lead, but the hosts hit back through Loic Remy, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas to snatch a crucial 3-1 victory.

Despite the win, QPR remain bottom of the table, four points from safety, and Redknapp says there is plenty of hard work ahead.

"It's good, but we are still in need of a fantastic run. We have given ourselves a chance," he said. "We have closed the gap and any team on 30 points is not safe. You can go eight, nine or 10 games without winning, quite easily.

"Anyone can have a bad run now and if we continue to pick up points, we may have a chance. It won't be easy, but we have given ourselves a chance.

"I saw Wigan [who won 3-0 at Everton in the FA Cup] and thought they were fantastic. They are a good side.

"Aston Villa are not a bad side. There are teams that are capable of putting together a few results.

"We can put together a decent run, too. I think there are a few teams above us who could get sucked in."

Redknapp also paid tribute to injury-stricken striker Bobby Zamora, who played for 73 minutes against Sunderland before hip and ankle problems forced him to withdraw.

"Zamora wasn't really fit, he has done a miracle with his ankle ligaments," Redknapp said. "There are players not playing today with injuries that aren't as bad as Bobby's, that's for sure. He has a go."

"You can only play what you've got, and this is the first time I've had Bobby and Remy. I liked the look of them.

"Bobby can hold the ball up and Remy has pace and can score goals. I thought they would be an ideal combination.

"They will be important. If Remy can continue to score and Bobby gives us a focal point, we can play it up to him."

Sunderland's defeat was their fourth in five league games and left them six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, with nine games remaining in the season.

"We need to start winning, really," said manager Martin O'Neill, whose side host Norwich City this weekend. I think [this]week is a big, big game for us.

"We have difficult fixtures coming up, including Norwich. We have our work cut out. We have known that since the start of the season.

"It has been tough going throughout the season and we have to fight through these last nine games.

"I was asked about being close to 10th and close to being relegated yesterday. It will be like that until the end of the season."

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