Harry Redknapp concedes QPR unlikely to avoid relegation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 April, 2013, 5:16am


QPR boss Harry Redknapp admitted his side's hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League look bleak after their failure to beat Wigan at home.

The manager had set his side a target of five wins in seven games before Sunday's meeting with their fellow relegation strugglers, but with Queens Park Rangers still seven points adrift of safety, Redknapp conceded that the task may now be beyond them

"It's going to be hard," he said. "If we had come off with three points with 10 men, it would have given us a massive boost, a massive lift, and you'd have thought we could still win four games. I would have done."

Redknapp admitted that his side had fallen short, saying reinforcements brought in during the January transfer window had been unable to make up for a dismal first half of the season.

"The players that have come in have done great," the Rangers boss said. "Loic Remy is probably our leading scorer, and he has only started seven games. You need quality players. Andros Townsend has come on loan and made a massive difference to the team. Jermaine Jenas has done excellent.

"Remy has scored great goals. Our leading scorer had only got four before then - that has been the problem all year. No one to score. Now we look like we are going to score. The window came a bit late for us."

Remy struck his fifth goal since arriving from Marseille five minutes from time after Rangers had survived the 20th-minute dismissal of Bobby Zamora for a head-high challenge on Wigan's Jordi Gomez. They were unable to hold onto the lead, however, with Shaun Maloney equalising for the visitors with a free kick in the fourth minute of added time.