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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Harry’s Game: What Redknapp must do to save QPR from relegation

HARRY REDKNAPP says saving QPR from the drop would be his greatest achievement as a manager. Here’s five things he needs to address to stop his team from crashing out of the Premier League

GET THE TEAM SCORING

Rangers have scored 10 league goals in 13 games. Bobby Zamora is their leading scorer with three, but he is out injured until February. Andy Johnson is expected to miss most of the rest of the season. Redknapp has accepted he may be limited to a couple of loan signings in January, but one of them simply has to be a striker. And one who with a proven record in the Premier League.

SORT OUT THE DEFENCE

To go with the league's most feeble attack, Rangers also boast its second worst defence, behind Southampton, with 26 goals conceded so far. Redknapp could do a lot worse than try and make centre-half Michael Dawson, who played under him at Tottenham and was linked with Rangers in the summer, one of his January recruits.

GET THE BIG NAMES PLAYING

On paper, it was hard to criticise many of Mark Hughes' summer signings, which included the likes of Park Ji-sung, trusted in big games by Sir Alex Ferguson, and Julio Cesar, rated as one of the world's best goalkeepers a season or two ago. But so far only midfielder Esteban Granero has lived up to his billing and Redknapp has to get the others to step up.

REVIVE CONFIDENCE

Even Derby, who infamously finished the 2007/08 season with 11 points and were relegated in March, were two points better off than Rangers at this stage of the campaign. Redknapp said today the spirit in the camp was good, but the confidence of a team whose last win came against Walsall in August must be shot.

GET THE BEST OUT OF TAARABT

Temperamental playmaker Adel Taarabt has still to prove himself in the Premier League, but is a potential matchwinner for Rangers. Redknapp sold him when in charge of Tottenham, but admitted he needed to try and get the best out of the Moroccan this time.

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