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Monday 1 September 2014

Redknapp takes positives from stalemate

Published 02/12/2012 | 07:29

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Harry Redknapp is desperate for QPR to secure a first win

Harry Redknapp was encouraged by QPR's performance despite the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa extending their winless start to a record-equalling 15th match.

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Jamie Mackie's first-half header helped the Hoops claw back a point after falling behind after just eight minutes to a long-range Brett Holman strike.

"We need a win, we need to get a win on the board somehow," the QPR boss said.

"We had people out there like Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen today. Ryan came here and probably felt he was going to be fourth-choice centre-half and he is playing every week and is captain.

"They gave everything and Shaun Derry came on for us when I lost Stephane Mbia and did a great job.

"They tried for their life today and I couldn't fault their effort. It was a bit like the game the other night when we drew at Sunderland.

"I was pleased with the performance and there was only one team that was going to win."

Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert was the more satisfied manager after today's match, having seen his side secure a point from a potentially difficult trip to west London.

"I think it was a really tough game for us because of obviously Harry coming in," Lambert said. "QPR, with where they are in the league, are fighting for every point and new manager syndrome normally kicks in.

"But I've got nothing but praise for the team, I thought they were excellent. They defended strongly when they had to and we were also a threat."

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