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Monday 25 September 2017

Redknapp issues reality check

QPR 3 Sunderland 1

Queens Park Rangers' Jermaine Jenas celebrates scoring his side's third goal
Queens Park Rangers' Jermaine Jenas celebrates scoring his side's third goal

Simon Peach

Harry Redknapp might have led QPR to back-to-back wins for the first time since they returned to the top flight, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

Harry Redknapp might have led QPR to back-to-back wins for the first time since they returned to the top flight, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

After a 2-1 victory at Southampton last weekend, Rangers impressively came from behind against Sunderland at Loftus Road to earn a 3-1 victory yesterday.

Steven Fletcher gave Martin O'Neill's side a 20th-minute lead against the run of play, but Loic Remy levelled things up 10 minutes later. It had looked like the spoils would be shared as both sides struggled in the second half, only for exquisite half-volleys from Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas earned QPR the points. The west Londoners remain bottom of the league and four points adrift of safety despite the win, although Redknapp believes they can still get out of trouble.

"It's good, but we are still in need of a fantastic run," he said. "We have given ourselves a chance. 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."

For Sunderland, it was a case of what could have been as two wonder strikes separated the sides. The Black Cats have now lost four of their last five league matches and are in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle.

"We have 30 points on the board," Sunderland boss O'Neill said. "We need to start winning, really. We have to fight through these last nine games."

Irish Independent

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